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    Indigenous peoples in Cameroon

    In Cameroon, the hunter-gatherers and the Mbororo constitute the biggest groups of indigenous peoples. Cameroon adopted the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2007.
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    2007: Cameroon adopted the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 2008: The government of Cameroon passed a decree to officially recognise the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 1,000 Mbororo pastoralists celebrated the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples 9 August 2016
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Cameroon: Recognition of indigenous peoples on indigenous peoples’ day

UN International Day of Indigenous Peoples was celebrated in Cameroon, where the government has begun to recognize the existence of indigenous peoples in the country.

The government's position on the issue was expressed by the Minister of Social Affairs (MINAS) Catherine Bakang Mbock and can be seen in the short video below.  MINAS is the lead Ministry and has a Directorate dedicated to minorities and indigenous peoples at the national level while another Directorate in the Ministry of External Relations (MINREX) leads on international aspects of minorities and indigenous peoples.

At the regional level the position of the government of Cameroon has been visible as government representatives were present during a three day conference on Security and Development Challenges of Pastoralism in West and Central Africa held in June.

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