#COVID19: Cameroon Lawyers Kick Against Compulsory Vaccination

Lawyers in Cameroon have argued that there is no legislation to mandate compulsory vaccination.

The Human Rights and Liberties Commission of the Cameroon Bar Council has kicked against the pressure employed by the government to force citizens and civil servants to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

The Bar Council says the government is enforcing the mandatory vaccination even when there is no legislative text both nationally and internationally making it obligatory for individuals to get vaccinated.

Authorities in Cameroon have been conditioning access to government offices on the presentation of COVID-19 negative test results or vaccination cards.

On Oct. 10, Ngoh Ngoh Ferdinand, the Secretary General in the Presidency of the Republic, ordered that henceforth, only individuals presenting negative test results or a covid vaccination card would be allowed into and served at the presidency.

This decision by the Secretary General came on the heels of similar ones by the Minister of Public Health, Manaouda Malachie, the Minister of Public Service, Joseph Le and the Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji among others.

“These methods are a serious violation of the rights and liberties of the individual,” Christian Daniel Bissou, the President of the Bar Council’s Human Rights and Liberties Commission said. 

“The legislator and the legislature alone has the power to determine the obligatory character of vaccines for public health reasons,” Bissou said, adding that this power does not belong to a minister or any administrative authority.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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