Cameroonian lawyers on Monday started a nationwide strike following the government failure to respond to their calls for “better working conditions” for lawyers in courts and detention centers.

Lawyers stayed away from all professional activities bringing courts to a standstill.

The strike will run from Sept. 16 to 20, according to the Cameroon Bar Council president Charles Tchakoute Patie who led the strike.

In a statement, Cameroon Bar Council said, lawyers have consistently been denied access to their clients and persons in the various detention centers and condemned abuses by judicial and security authorities to prevent them from exercising their profession.

“Lawyers are continuously being threatened, arrested, and detained while exercising their function,” it said.

The lawyers began the strike after rejecting a call to cancel the move made by Cameroon’s deputy minister of justice, Jean de Dieu Momo, at a bilateral meeting held early September in the capital Yaounde.

“The Cameroon Bar Association however thanked the government for the efforts put in so far in examining their problems and said they are ready to continue dialogue,” Patie said. Enditem

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