Library Resources Project
In June 2004, BHRC developed a joint project with the British Council and Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) which involved the establishment of three law libraries comprising over 10,000 books and 75 computers, training in research methods and international human rights and humanitarian law.
BHRC set up the libraries and delivered training on the use of digital texts and the internet for research to over 50 lawyers and students. The various resources installed on the computers include: Crime Desktop, All England Law Reports, Civil Court Practice and Human Rights Digest. After the training in Yaoundé we set up the other main library at the offices of the British Council in Bamenda, where we delivered the same training to 30 lawyers. One of the most useful aspects of this part of the project is the extraordinary number of books and computers that we have been able to deliver to Cameroon.
In addition to libraries in Yaoundé, Bamenda and Douala, we were also able to set up smaller resource centres with books and computers in the Ministry of Justice, the National Commission for Human Rights and Freedoms, ENAM (the school for magistrates) and the National Police Training School, as well as to offer texts and computers to individual lawyers and NGOs for their offices.
International Human Rights Training
We delivered training in international human rights and humanitarian law in Yaoundé in March, in partnership with LRWC who provided francophone experts to discuss issues surrounding the rule of law in a bilingual country. Representatives from the Ministry of Justice, the Police School, National Security, National Commission for Human Rights and Freedoms, Penitentiary Administration, the Bar Association and various NGOs attended the training.
A three day Advocacy Development Course was run in June 2005 in Bamenda, in the heart of the two Anglophone provinces. The purpose of the course was to support advocacy development within the Cameroon Bar by providing a structured introduction to key elements of advocacy and to methods of improvement that have proved successful in other jurisdictions.