26 April, 2018 – The Community Center for Integrated Development in Cameroon launched the “Youth Partnership” Network with a seminar on “Transforming the Future of Human Rights in Cameroon: Role of Young People”. Over 50 participants from universities, student clubs and youth-led organizations attended the event at the Pan African Institute for Development West Africa in Buea, Cameroon.
This one day seminar explored the importance of human rights promotion and protection in the present socio-political situation in Cameroon, and put forward solutions for young people to stand up for human rights. In a country where youth represents 73% of the population, human rights abuses in Cameroon remain one of the major challenges. The Youth Partnership seeks to inspire young people to be key actors in the development of their countries and in shaping the future of their communities. It aims to inspire young people to speak up and be heard on issues related to human rights.
Prof. Uwem Essia, Director of the Pan African Institute for Development West Africa, gave a keynote during which he urged young people to take the lead in the promotion of human rights in all spheres. A panel made up of Barrister Clifford Akonteh, Konda Delphine and Hasel Tanteh explored the protection mechanisms provided by the government and the African Union and discussed the role of civil society organizations