Association law

Cameroon: Law on freedom of association amended

The National Assembly’s Constitutional Law Commission of November 17, 2021 examined the bill.

The members of the Constitutional Laws Commission of the National Assembly examined on November 17, 2021 the bill amending certain provisions of law n ° 90/53 of December 19, 1990 relating to freedom of association. The Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji defended the bill in the presence of the Minister Delegate to the Presidency in charge of relations with the Assemblies, Bolvine Wakata. Hon. Zondol Herssesse, Chairman of the National Assembly’s Constitutional Law Commission chaired the plenary session.

The amendment concerns Article 5 (4) of the Law on Freedom of Association. The initial law specifies the groups which, because of their specificity, do not fall within the scope of the 1990 law. These groups include political parties, unions, sports associations, non-governmental organizations and artistic and cultural associations. The above groups are subject to specific regimes determined by the respective laws which organize them. The bill amends article 5 (4) which stipulates that “political parties, unions, sports associations, non-governmental organizations as well as inter-professional organizations are governed by separate texts”. From now on, inter-professional organizations are included in the list of associations having specific mechanisms. In this case, the organization, constitution, organization and functioning of inter-professional organizations are governed by a separate law. The bill has the merit of laying down rules that are different, in many respects, from those provided for in the 1990 law, both in the functioning of inter-professional organizations and in their objectives.