Cameroon: Enoh Meyomesse returned to hospital

English PEN is seriously concerned to hear that imprisoned poet and activist Enoh Meyomesse has been hospitalised again

According to Enoh Meyomesse’s friends and family, the imprisoned poet and activist has once again been admitted to the prison hospital in the overcrowded Kondengui Central Prison in Yaoundé. We are currently awaiting further details of his condition. However, in May 2014 Meyomesse was moved to the prison infirmary to be treated for malaria and amoebiasis, and we are seriously concerned that his condition may have deteriorated. We are calling on the Cameroonian authorities to release him immediately and unconditionally on humanitarian grounds.

Cameroonian poet Enoh Meyomesse has been imprisoned since November 2011, and is currently serving a seven-year sentence for supposed complicity in the theft and illegal sale of gold, charges which PEN believes to be politically motivated. It has now been 15 months since Meyomesse’s lawyers succeeded in having his case referred to a civil court for appeal. His appeal was expected to be heard on 20 June 2013 but the hearing was postponed. At least eleven further hearings – including the most recent hearing on 19 June at which the Head of the Political Section from the British Embassy was present – have been postponed due to various legal technicalities.

His next hearing is now scheduled to take place on Thursday 17 July.

For more information on Meyomesse’s case, please see the most recent PEN International case list.

TAKE ACTION

Spread the word

If you are active on social media, please share information about Enoh Meyomesse’s case with your friends and contacts.

Tweet: Imprisoned poet Enoh Meyomesse has been hospitalised again. Please release him @PR_Paul_Biya! #FreeEnoh #Cameroon @englishpen

Buy his book

‘when i get out of here a different man i’ll be / i’ll bear no grudge against the earth / i’ll bear no grudge against the sea’ 

As a result of the numerous postponements and additional months in prison, funds to cover Meyomesse’s legal fees and daily needs – including food, medicine, family visits, and writing materials – are now dwindling. Here at English PEN we have published a crowd-sourced translation of his prison poetry, in order to raise funds for him and his family, and greater awareness of his case.

Show your support for Meyomesse – buy your copy today.

Write to the authorities

Please send appeals:

  • Protesting the ongoing detention of writer and activist Enoh Meyomesse on charges that are widely believed to be politically motivated;
  • Expressing concern over his recent hospitalisation and urging that he be given full access to the necessary medical attention;
  • Urging the authorities to release Meyomesse immediately and unconditionally on humanitarian grounds.

Write to:

President Paul Biya
Fax: +237 22 22 08 70
Email: cellcom@prc.cm or contact@presidenceducameroun.com
Twitter: @PR_Paul_Biya – See more at: http://www.pen-international.org/take-action-for-enoh-meyomesse/#sthash.5AwWVNO5.dpuf
President Paul Biya
Fax: +237 22 22 08 70
Email: cellcom@prc.cm or contact@presidenceducameroun.com
Twitter: @PR_Paul_Biya – See more at: http://www.pen-international.org/take-action-for-enoh-meyomesse/#sthash.5AwWVNO5.dpuf

President Paul Biya
Fax: +237 22 22 08 70
Email: cellcom@prc.cm or contact@presidenceducameroun.com
Twitter: @PR_Paul_Biya – See more at: http://www.pen-international.org/take-action-for-enoh-meyomesse/#sthash.5AwWVNO5.dpuf

President Paul Biya
Fax: +237 22 22 08 70
Email: cellcom@prc.cm
Twitter: @PR_Paul_Biya
Mr Philemon Yang, Prime Minister
Fax: +237 22 23 57 35
Email: spm@spm.gov.cm

His Excellency Mr. Nkwelle Ekaney
Cameroon High Commission
84 Holland Park
London
W11 3SB
Fax: 020 7792 0608
Email: info@cameroonhighcommission.co.uk

Or you could use the form below. A sample letter is provided but it is always better if you put the appeal in your own words.

[ecampaign ‘to=cellcom@prc.cm‘ subject=”Release Enoh Meyomesse”]

Dear President Biya

I am writing to you as a supporter of English PEN, the founding centre of the international association of writers, to call for the immediate release of writer and activist Enoh Meyomesse.

According to Enoh Meyomesse’s friends and family, the imprisoned poet and activist has once again been admitted to the prison hospital in the overcrowded Kondengui Central Prison in Yaoundé. PEN is awaiting further details of his condition. However, in May 2014 Meyomesse was moved to the prison infirmary to be treated for malaria and amoebiasis, and there are serious concerns that his condition may have deteriorated.

I join PEN in urging the Cameroonian authorities to release him immediately and unconditionally on humanitarian grounds, and to ensure that he is given full access to the necessary medical attention whilst he remains in prison.

I would welcome your comments on my appeal.

Yours sincerely,

[/ecampaign]

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Cat Lucas is English PEN's Writers at Risk Programme Manager

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41 Comments on “Cameroon: Enoh Meyomesse returned to hospital”

  1. UPDATE: Enoh Meyomesse has been diagnosed with gastroenteritis. He has reportedly lost weight and is feeling very tired as a result, but is believed to be receiving the necessary medical attention. Meanwhile, his appeal hearing has been postponed again – due to ‘irregular composition of the court’ – and is now scheduled to take place in August. We continue to call for his immediate release.

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