The Global Center and Cameroon’s National School of Administration and Magistracy organized two sets of regional trainings in Maroua, Cameroon, for magistrates and civilian administrators on the topic of good governance and access to justice in countering terrorism. The trainings brought together key actors in departments most affected by Boko Haram in the Far North Region and resulted in a set of new recommendations to be considered by the government of Cameroon in January 2020.
Site visits were organized to bring practitioners closer to the realities on the ground. In August, practitioners met with community members and visited Minawao refugee camp and Zamai site for internally displaced persons (IDPs). They reflected on the role of traditional authorities, the plight of victims, and the experiences of communities in reintegrating ex-associates of Boko Haram. Discussions were also held at the Maison de la Rencontre Islamo-Chrétienne with civil society representatives working with youth, victims, and communities affected by terrorism.
In June, the administrators’ course included a visit to a camp for IDPs in Kolofata led by the chief and mayor of the commune Seiny Boukar Lamine. The magistrates’ curriculum included a visit to the Cameroonian Institute for Children in Maroua (Institut camerounais de l’enfance de Maroua), which houses children in conflict with the law, including some minors associated with Boko Haram who were transferred to its facilities. The magistrates’ group also held discussions on peacebuilding efforts with the military commander of the fourth region and head of the Regional Center of the National Committee for Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration.
The course forms part of a training suite for magistrates and administrators confronted with the threat posed by Boko Haram and ISIL-West Africa, funded by the US government. It follows a set of national-level trainings that were first deployed in Yaoundé, Cameroon, following a training orientation held in May 2018.
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