Cameroon: Enoh Meyomesse’s appeal hearing scheduled for 19 December

Writer and activist Enoh Meyomesse’s appeal against his seven-year prison sentence is now scheduled to take place in Cameroon on 19 December

Following the postponement of five previous appeal hearings earlier this year, Enoh Meyomesse has spent a further six months in prison on what are widely believed to be politically motivated charges. In spite of this, he remains in good spirits and continues to write prolifically, despite having been denied access to the computer room, and is greatly encouraged by English PEN’s ongoing support. We are very hopeful that the 19 December hearing will go ahead, but are continuing to lobby the authorities to do all they can in their power to ensure that it does. Please join us.

TAKE ACTION

There are a number of ways in which you can show your support for Enoh Meyomesse:

Read and share his writing

English PEN has published a crowd-sourced translation of  Poème Carcéral : Poésie du pénitencier de Kondengui, a powerful collection of Meyomesse’s prison poetry. The e-book collection, Jail Verse: Poems from Kondengui Prison, is available to download here. We will also be publishing a print-on-demand version of the collection. If you would like to be notified once this is available, please email cat@englishpen.org.

Send a message of support

We are currently running our annual Season’s Greetings initiative encouraging members to pledge to send a card to a writer at risk. If you would be interested in writing to Enoh Meyomesse, please email cat@englishpen.org.

Send pens and notebooks

Since April 2013, Meyomesse has been denied access to the prison computer room, but continues to write prolifically by hand. He has requested that we send notebooks and pens to enable him to continue to do so, so if you would be interested in sending stationery, please email cat@englishpen.org.

Social media

If you are active on social media, please share information about Enoh Meyomesse’s case with your friends and contacts. We’d be really grateful if you can use the hashtag ‪#‎FreeEnoh so that we can monitor social media activity more easily.

Send a letter of appeal

Please send appeals:

  • Protesting the conviction of writer and activist Enoh Meyomesse on charges of supposed complicity in the theft and illegal sale of gold, and the seven-year prison sentence handed down to him on 27 December 2012;
  • Noting that PEN believes the case against him is politically motivated;
  • Calling on the Cameroonian authorities to do all they can to ensure that the appeal hearing scheduled for 19 December 2013 goes ahead;
  • Urging the authorities to quash the conviction and to release Meyomesse immediately and unconditionally.

Write to:

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=info@cameroonhighcommission.co.uk’ subject=”In support of Enoh Meyomesse”]

Your Excellency

I am writing to you as a supporter of English PEN, the founding centre of the international association of writers, to protest the ongoing imprisonment of writer and activist Enoh Meyomesse.

According to PEN’s information, on 27 December 2012 writer Enoh Meyomesse was sentenced to seven years in prison on charges that are widely believed to be politically motivated. He had already been detained for 13 months prior to this conviction, despite all previous charges against him having been dropped in June 2012.

Enoh Meyomesse continues to be held in the over-crowded Kondengui Central Prison in Yaoundé where he has reportedly been held in solitary confinement and subject to torture. There are widespread concerns for his health and well-being.

In April 2013, it was reported that Meyomesse’s lawyers had succeeded in having his case referred to a civil court for appeal. His appeal was expected to be called to the Courts of Appeal for the first time on 20 June, but was postponed until 18 July. Due to a legal technicality, the July hearing also had to be rescheduled, as did ones that were due to take place on 19 September, 17 October and 21 November. The hearing is now expected to take place on 19 December.

I respectfully call on the Cameroonian authorities to do all in their power to ensure that Meyomesse’s appeal hearing goes ahead as scheduled, that the conviction is quashed, and that he is released immediately and unconditionally.

Yours sincerely,

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

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One Comment on “Cameroon: Enoh Meyomesse’s appeal hearing scheduled for 19 December”

  1. UPDATE: We were very disappointed to learn that Enoh Meyomesse’s December hearing was postponed and has now been rescheduled for 16 January 2014. In the meantime, we will continue to call for Meyomesse’s immediate and unconditional release and urge all our supporters to do the same. Thank you.

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