The 5th international colloquium on governance and the democratic management of mass movements in Africa has been organized at the National Advanced School of Administration and Magistracy, ENAM, in Yaoundé.
It was jointly organized by the African Training and Research Centre in Administration for Development (CAFRAD) and the International School of Security Forces (EIFORCES). For two days the experts examined transformational devices, practices, challenges and stakes. Presentations focused on practical realities, challenges, and mechanisms to transform operational procedures with the goal of strengthening governance of crowds.
Cameroon’s Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Defense, Joseph Beti Assomo who chaired the session, urged defense and security forces to be humane while dispersing protesting civilians. Experts noted that force is applied only in extreme situations and when authorized to do so by competent civilian authorities including, Mayors and civil administrators.
They also noted that the use of force by security personnel is commensurate to that of the protesters. Aspects of the international humanitarian law and human rights and groups were also examined. Students’ civil administrators of ENAM were part of the educational discourse intended to equip them with legal, practical and humanitarian notions to consider before applying the use of force on protesters.