Dayspring Law Firm equally assists victims of human rights abuses in individual complaints procedures (quasi-judicial) under the nine (09) core UN human rights treaties which have provided the framework for individuals to vindicate their rights at the international level, as well as complaints submitted through the Human Rights Council’s complaint procedure, its special rapporteurs and working groups, and the Commission on the Status of Women. ILO and UNESCO equally have their own complaints procedure. We assist clients before all of these bodies.
International human rights law
Dayspring Law Firm assists a wide range of persons to assert and defend and enforce their rights recognized and guaranteed under international human rights law, especially international human rights instruments ratified under the auspices of the United Nations (UN) and the African Union (AU). Human rights issues can arise from any number of situations, work, school, business, relations with public institutions, criminal prosecution, exercise of basic rights (life, liberty, equal treatment, fair trial or due process of law, right to self-determination, freedom of thought, freedom of expression, freedom of association, freedom of peaceful assembly, freedom of choice, freedom of movement, freedom of religion, right to liberty, economic rights, political rights, citizenship rights, electoral rights, etc.).
Cameroon has ratified over twenty (20) international human rights instruments both at the continental level, including: the African Charter on Human & Peoples’ Rights (1981/1986), the Protocol relating to the 1981/86 African Charter creating an African Court for Human & Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) of 1998/2004, the Protocol to the African Charter relating to Women’s Rights (2003/2005), African Charter on the Rights & Welfare of the Child (1990), etc., and at the global level: the International Covenant on Civil & Political Rights (1966), the International Covenant on Economic, Social & Cultural Rights (1966/1976), Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (1979), etc. There are several local legislations that touch on human rights such as the criminal laws, freedom of association & assembly laws, trade union law, etc.
Dayspring Law Firm acknowledges the critical role that lawyers have to play in upholding and protecting human rights. We provide counsel to victims of human rights violations, we carry out professional defence of human rights and guarantee fair trial rights during judicial proceedings, we help victims defend and enforce minority rights, we defend victims of abuses of civil rights & liberties, we advise clients and ensure that they are aware of their legally protected basic rights, we provide assistance to human rights campaigns locally and globally, and act as counsel in conducting proceedings against public entities and corporations.
The principal bodies in charge of adjudicating international human rights law are the African Commission on Human & Peoples’ Rights, the African Court on Human & Peoples’ Rights, and the Human Rights Committee (“Committee”) set up in part IV of the International Covenant on Civil & Political Rights (1966) and implementing the Optional Protocol thereto, in pursuance of which the Committee is competent to receive and consider communications from individuals, subject to its jurisdiction, who claim to be victims of a violation by State Parties to the Covenant of any of the rights set forth in the Covenant, provided such individuals have exhausted all available domestic remedies.