Arrest of Professor Maurice KAMTO

Arrest of Professor Maurice KAMTO

Declaration of the French Society for International Law


At its meeting of 2 February 2019, the Board of the Society adopted the following declaration:

We learned with dismay the arrest of Professor Maurice Kamto, an eminent member of the French Society for International Law for many years. We do not intend to interfere in the internal affairs of the Republic of Cameroon, but we would like to draw attention to the fundamental principles of international law, which our Society is intended to defend and promote. We recall that sovereignty, while conferring rights on States, also imposes duties on them, including towards their own nationals.

The Republic of Cameroon has often in the past demonstrated its commitment to international law, notably before the International Court of Justice, before which it was represented by Professor Kamto. We solemnly call on the Republic of Cameroon to strictly respect the principles contained in the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, both of which have been ratified by Cameroon.

We assure Maurice Kamto and his family of our full support and sympathy.