National Human Rights Institution of Cameroon

The National Commission on Human Rights and Freedoms (in short: NCHRF (English), CNDHL (French)) is the Cameroonian National Human Rights Institution (NHRI). It has been established by Presidential Decree, in 2004, and acts independently. The NCHRF’s mandate includes, among other things, the capacity to conduct investigations on the violation of human rights and freedoms.

The Institution’s members come from a variety of civil society: Government, Judiciary, Parliament, the bar association, religious organisations, non-governmental organisations, media, workers syndicates. The Head of State is responsible for the appointments. Approximately 95% of the NCHRF’s funding comes from the National Government (data 2016). 

Background documents:

The United Nations Paris Principles provide the international benchmarks against which national human rights institutions (NHRIs) can be accredited by the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI).

NHRI toolkits: This UNDP-OHCHR toolkit for collaboration with National Human Rights Institutions identifies challenges and opportunities NHRIs may encounter, and suggests how to deal with situations which threaten to undermine their effectiveness.