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Fairness in refugee status determination upon the transfer of competence to the national authorities of Cameroon


Volume 13, Issue 2, February 2015, Pages 636–643

 Fairness in refugee status determination upon the transfer of competence  to the national authorities of Cameroon

Matsinkou Tenefosso Sydoine Claire and Tinteu Yves Paulin

Original language: English

Received 10 October 2014

Copyright © 2015 ISSR Journals. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract


In 2011, the State of Cameroon took measures in view of the transfer of competence in matters of refugee status determination (RSD) from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) to the national authorities by passing a decree on the organization and functioning of refugee status management organs. This work questions and evaluates measures that have been taken by the State in order to ensure that RSD will be carried out fairly when it shall take over. It proceeds by studying the various legal instruments that have been adopted by the State to govern future refugee status determination activities. The work arrives at the conclusion that measures taken to ensure fairness and impartiality in refugee status determination are insufficient and makes recommendations to this light. It however maintains that in spite of foreseeable shortcomings, it is important that the transfer of competence in matters of refugee status determination takes place since it relates to State sovereignty.

Author Keywords: Cameroon, refugee, refugee status determination, displacement, protection, law.


How to Cite this Article


Matsinkou Tenefosso Sydoine Claire and Tinteu Yves Paulin, “Fairness in refugee status determination upon the transfer of competence to the national authorities of Cameroon,” International Journal of Innovation and Scientific Research, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 636–643, February 2015.