[Cameroon] Writer Enoh Meyomesse sentenced to seven years in prison

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English PEN was extremely disappointed to learn that Cameroonian writer and activist Enoh Meyomesse has been sentenced to seven years in prison. We firmly believe the case to be politically motivated and call on the Cameroonian authorities to release Meyomesse immediately and unconditionally.

According to PEN’s information, on 27 December 2012 Enoh Meyomesse was sentenced to seven years in prison and fined FCFA 200,000 ($400) on charges of supposed complicity in the theft and illegal sale of gold. Three co-defendants, Ndi Benoît, Song Kanga and Manda Bernard, were also found guilty and fined.

For more information on Enoh Meyomesse’s case, please see:

TAKE ACTION

Send a message of support

Send a message of support directly to Enoh Meyomesse and other Writers at Risk of concern to PEN as part of this year’s Season’s Greetings initiative.

Read and translate his poetry

Enoh Meyomesse evokes his experience of prison in a recently published collection of poetry written while behind bars, Poème carcéral: Poésie du pénitencier de Kondengui.  If you are interested in volunteering to help to translate Enoh’s poems from the original French, please email cat@englishpen.org for more details.

Désespoir
tu m’as visité ce jour-là
et une nuit noire sans étoile sans rayon de lune
sans luciole sans devenir sans rien
à couper à la machette comme celle-là où mes pas s’étaient égarés derrière la case du village
ô Dieu du ciel
une nuit
                     d’encre
s’était abattue sur moi
et toi ô terre
                      oui toi ô terre
                             tu avais cessé
                                   de tourner

Send letters of appeal

  • Protesting the seven year prison sentence and fine handed down to Enoh Meyomesse on charges of supposed complicity in the theft and illegal sale of gold;
  • Calling on the Cameroonian authorities 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=”Freedom for 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 continued detention 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 and fined FCFA 200,000 ($400) on charges of supposed complicity in the theft and illegal sale of gold.

Meyomesse had already been detained for 13 months prior to this conviction, despite all previous charges against him having been dropped in June 2012. He continues to be held in the over-crowded Kondengui Central Prison in Yaoundé where he has been held in solitary confinement and subject to torture, and there are widespread concerns for his well-being.

I firmly believe that the case against Enoh Meyomesse is politically motivated, and respectfully call on the Cameroonian authorities to release him immediately and unconditionally.

I would welcome your comments on my appeal.

Yours sincerely,

[/ecampaign]

Donate

If you would like to contribute to the legal fund for Enoh Meyomesse, administered by Internet Without Borders, you can do so here.

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