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The protection of juveniles under Cameroon criminal law and procedures through the lens of international standards

Thomas Ojong ()
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Thomas Ojong: University of Buea, Cameroon

Juridical Tribune (Tribuna Juridica), 2017, vol. 7, issue Special, 200-223

Abstract: While the legislative framework on the adminitration of juvenile justice in Cameroon may currently be adequate and in compliance with the international conventions ratified by the State, the implementation of the national law should be the primary mechanism through which human rights are realized. Cameroon is usually said to be a State with good laws but poor implementation. With recourse to the normative and empirical methods, this article explores the provisions on the protection of juveniles in Cameroon criminal law and procedures through the lens of internationally recognized principles. It looks at the provisions as they are interpreted and applied by the Courts. The prospect being to invite the Government and all the stakeholders to embark on establishing the structures provided for and ensure effectiveness in the enforcement of juvenile justice in the country so as to overcome the current weaknesses that the system is experiencing.

Keywords: protection; juvenile; minor, Cameroon criminal law and procedure, international standards. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: K14 K33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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