Sunday, December 29, 2019

Legislation: here is the whole law on tribalism

It was promulgated on December 24, 2019 by the President of the Republic.

Voted during the ordinary parliamentary session of November, the law modifying and supplementing certain provisions of the law of July 12, 2016 on the Penal Code, is in force since its promulgation on December 24, 2019 by President Paul Biya. 

Article 241 (1) of the said law stipulates that: “Is punished with imprisonment of one (01) to two (02) years in prison and a fine of three years thousand (300,000) to one million ( 1,000,000) francs, whoever, by any means whatsoever, uses hate speech or incites violence against people because of their tribal and / or ethnic affiliation.

In case of extenuating circumstances, indicates paragraph 2 of this article, the prison sentence provided for in paragraph 1 above cannot be less than three (03) months and the fine penalty to two hundred thousand ( 200,000) francs. 

Paragraph 3 for its part provides that the penalties are doubled and the extenuating circumstances not recognized when the author of the hate speech is a civil servant, responsible for political formation, media, or of a religious institution.