Legal support for Southern Cameroonian Prisoners

by Victoria Relief Foundation
Legal support for Southern Cameroonian Prisoners
Legal support for Southern Cameroonian Prisoners
Legal support for Southern Cameroonian Prisoners
Legal support for Southern Cameroonian Prisoners
Legal support for Southern Cameroonian Prisoners
Legal support for Southern Cameroonian Prisoners
Legal support for Southern Cameroonian Prisoners
Legal support for Southern Cameroonian Prisoners

Summary

Ensure legal representation for over 1000 prisoners detained in the context of the conflict in the Cameroons. Victoria Relief Foundation will provide financial support to cover transport fair, local accommodation, and other logistics for a team of 17 common law lawyers who volunteer and work on a Pro-Bono basis as counsel for Anglophone detainees in Cameroun. The detainees are tried in french which they don't understand, using civil law which causes many of them to receive lengthy sentences.

$25,000
total goal
$13,975
remaining
82
donors
5
monthly donors
10
months

Challenge

There are an estimated 3000 Southern Cameroonians detained by Cameroun Government in the context of the conflict in the Cameroons. The trials of these Prisoners of Conscience (PoCs) at the mercy of one of the most unfair and opaque judicial systems in the world have largely gone unnoticed and unreported.They'r often arrested without warrant, held incommunicado for long periods and if not quickly traced, can disappear indefinitely. This project will affect about 1000 of those known in the prisons

Solution

VRF through this project will provide logistics for a team of 17 Pro-Bono common law lawyers to visit the prisons to advise detainees and prepare their case files. VRF will also support logistics such as transport fair, accommodation and stipend for the lawyers to be present in court to defend detainees when their cases are finally heard and file appeals against some of the most unjust sentences that these detainees frequently receive. VRF will also provide logistics to trace missing detainees

Long-Term Impact

The presence of common law lawyers in court to provide counsel to these defendants challenges the status quo and attempts to ensure, not only that justice is served, but is seen be served. This will eventually lead to less arbitrariness in arrests, detention, trials, and sentencing in the Cameroun legal system which has traditionally depended only on French civil law, leading to less unrest in the Southern Cameroons. Also timely tracing will reduce number of enforced disappearances of detainees

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

Organization Information

Victoria Relief Foundation

Location: Woodlands, TX - USA
Website:
Twitter: @vrfound
Project Leader:
Caleche Bongo
Woodlands, TX United States
$11,025 raised of $25,000 goal
 
125 donations
$13,975 to go
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$10
USD
pays local transport for 1 lawyer, living in the same town where the detainee is held to visit the prison to consult with the detainee prior to the case being scheduled or the detainee being docked
$25
USD
pays local transport and a stipend for 1 lawyer living in the same town where the detainee is held, to be present in court on the day a case is scheduled and provide counsel in case the case is called
$50
USD
pays local transport and stipend for 2 lawyers living in the same town where the detainee is held, to be present in court on the day a case is scheduled and provide counsel in case the case is called
$90
USD
pays transport and stipend for two out of town lawyers to travel with the regions, say from Kumba to Buea or Bamenda to Bafoussam to represent detainees, on the date of a court hearing
$125
USD
pays transport, 1 night accommodation and stipend for 1 out of town lawyer, traveling from the region, either Buea or Bamenda, to represent a detainee in Douala or Yaounde, during a hearing
$200
USD
pays fees and logistics for retrieving court proceedings and preparing and filing an appeal against a decision by the courts for one or more detainees in the same case file at one of the lower courts
$500
USD
pays the deposit required to obtain records of proceedings required to file an appeal at the military tribunal against a decision concerning one detainee or multiple detainees in the same file
$2,500
USD
pays 1 quarter retainer for lawyers pursuing arbitrary detention cases on behalf of detainees with the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
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