Association

Civil society organisations in Cameroon must register with the Ministry of Territorial Administration, which has the power to suspend or dissolve associations which ‘threaten public order’, although there are no set criteria for making such a decision. CSOs defending the rights of LGBTI people, or promoting the fight against corruption are particular targets of these wide-ranging ministerial powers. The state also makes systematic attempts to subvert and infiltrate the civil society sector. In more recent times, newer and less formal citizen movements have become the subject of intense scrutiny, harassment and unlawful arrest by the security services in Cameroon.