Monday, May 4
12:30 – 2:00pm
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
1300 19th St. NW, Suite 750
Washington D.C. 20036
*Light lunch will be provided*
Please join us at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights for a roundtable discussion on the use of arbitrary detention in Cameroon. The event will feature Michel Atangana, a former Cameroonian political prisoner, and several international experts working on issues related to arbitrary detentions worldwide.
Nearly two decades ago on May 12, 1997, Cameroonian security agents apprehended Mr. Atangana without a warrant and placed him in solitary confinement in a basement cell. During court proceedings that did not meet international standards for a fair trial, Mr. Atangana was ultimately sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment for the alleged embezzlement of public funds. Mr. Atangana’s punishment is believed to be the result of his support for an opposition candidate who intended to run against Cameroon’s longtime president, Paul Biya. During President Biya’s nearly 4-decade tenure in office, his government has systematically repressed basic human and political rights, as well as civil liberties, including the rights to free speech, freedom of expression, and association. The use of arbitrary detention against dissidents, critics, and human rights defenders, including against Mr. Atangana, has also been a commonly used tactic by the government.
Michel Atangana, Former Cameroonian political prisoner and human rights activist
Malick Sow, former member, U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention
Jared Genser, Managing Director of Perseus Strategies and Founder of Freedom Now
Roland Adjovi, Resident Scholar, Arcardia University, and member of the U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention
Moderator: Jeffrey Smith, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights expresses outrage and extreme disappointment at the lack of inclusion of a human rights mechanism in the extended mandate of MINURSO
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights participates in “Changing Societies, Changing Journalism: A Global Discussion On the Future of Journalism”
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