Violent attacks OFFGO lawyer

Serious human rights violations hinder the continuation of our development programs. Community members have had their livelihoods destroyed and their lives torn apart, with no sign of justice, accountability, compensation or redress. The attacks include torture, assassination attempts, death threats.

Available documentation:

The UN Secretary-General documents reprisals (.docx or .pdf) (or selected pages (.png): 16, 17) that OFFGO staff have faced for engaging with the UN, including death threats and assassination attempts. Publication of September 8 2020.

International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), May 2020 report (pages 25-28). The International Service for Human Rights is an independent, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting and protecting human rights. They achieve this by supporting human rights defenders, strengthening human rights systems, and leading and participating in coalitions for human rights change.

UN OHCHR mandate holders, one letter to the Government of Cameroon: May 29 2019, available online. The UN OHCHR mandate holders (Special Procedures of the UN Human Rights Council) are independent human rights experts with mandates to report and advise on human rights from a thematic or country-specific perspective. The system is a central element of the United Nations human rights machinery and covers all human rights: civil, cultural, economic, political, and social. In the context of the 2011 review of its work and functioning, the UN Human Rights Council reaffirmed the obligation of States to cooperate with the OHCHR Special Procedures,  and the integrity and independence of Special Procedures.

Front Line Defenders, Defenders-at-Risk Active Cases, three publications, June 26 2019, June 4 2019, May 11 2020. Front Line Defenders was founded in Dublin in 2001 with the specific aim of protecting human rights defenders at risk (HRDs), people who work, non-violently, for any or all of the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Front Line Defenders addresses the protection needs identified by HRDs themselves.

The National Human Rights Institution of Cameroon, report:

The National Human Rights Institution of Cameroon, Report No 0056/19/NCHRF/RO/RS/nan. Report from the NCHRF North West Antenna, and adopted on 5 November 2019, “An investigative report on the harassment of Luma Elvis Brown by anonymous persons, convicted on 23/10/2019 at Nkwase, Mile 3 Nkwen” [EN]

ProtectDefenders.eu: the European Union Human Rights Defenders mechanism, established to protect defenders at high risk and facing the most difficult situations worldwide. Led by a Consortium of 12 NGOs active in the field of Human Rights. Publication on April 20, 2018, Cameroon: Ongoing judicial harassment and death threats targeting OFFGO members

IAPL Monitoring Committee on Attacks on Lawyers: April 26, 2018: Cameroon/LRWC: Immediately End Judicial Harassment and Guarantee Protection of Jan Capelle, Elvis Brown and other OFFGO members | Letter