The Global Center and the National School of Administration and Magistracy (ENAM) held a second training series for magistrates and civilian administrators on the topic of good governance and access to justice in countering terrorism. The trainings resulted in a set of recommendations adopted by participants which will be submitted to the Government of Cameroon for consideration. During the opening ceremonies, the Secretaries General of the Ministry of Justice and of Territorial Administration highlighted the importance of a human rights-based approach to countering terrorism.
The administrators’ curriculum focused on the core elements of good governance and their application in the management of terrorism. Participants included divisional administrators, mayors, traditional and religious authorities and representatives of non-governmental organizations.
The magistrates’ curriculum on the topic of “Access to Justice and Counterterrorism in Cameroon” brought together judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys and senior social workers to discuss key issues arising in the adjudication of terrorism cases and conflicts of law questions grounded in Cameroon’s legal framework, including applicable regional and international instruments.
The course forms part of a training suite for magistrates and administrators confronted with the threat posed by Boko Haram and ISIL-West Africa and is funded by the US Government, and follows a training orientation held in May 2018 and a first training series delivered in end-2018.