Human rights defender
Tony is a Human Rights Defender from Cameroon. He is the founder of an organisation that provides information to people who encounter very diverse problems about the laws and procedures of justice. With his colleagues they welcome, listen and support victims of human rights violations and support them in their judicial, administrative and social processes. The organisation helps them to write and file complaints, as well as accompany them to court hearings. Their aim is to inform those people about the procedures and help them to assert their rights, to become civil parties and to be compensated.
Human rights violations in Cameroon
In Cameroon, Human Rights Defenders encounter particular obstacles due to an overall hostile environment. They mostly face physical and psychological aggressions, arrests, arbitrary detentions, unfair trials, criminal prosecution with fabricated counts, administrative obstacles, public defamation, restrictions on freedom of movement and unlawful pressures and controls. The government’s fight against the terrorist group Boko Haram has also claimed its toll on fundamental freedoms, leading to restrictions on the freedoms of expression, association and assembly.
Threats and harassment
Since 1990, Tony has continuously been subjected to administrative and legal harassment. He has been victim of extortion, computer theft, physical attacks, intimidation, retaliation, account settlement and arbitrary arrests. In many cases, evidence is just fabricated against him to silence him because his work of supporting vulnerable populations who are victim of human rights violations exposes people in power positions.