In 2015, the European Union was in the process of implementing a legal aid program. It was discontinued shortly after its launch in 2016.
Most prisoners are not informed about the progress of their court proceedings. Their prison records are not updated and only contain the warrant for pretrial detention.
Cameroon signed the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT) on 15 December 2009 but has not ratified it and is not a State Party. Cameroon does not have a National Preventive Mechanism.
Many NGOs intervene in detention (see section External Actors). Some are fake NGOs, who obtain funding to intervene but do not follow through.