On 27 December 2012, having already spent 13 months in prison, Cameroonian poet Enoh Meyomesse was sentenced to seven years in prison for supposed complicity in the theft and illegal sale of gold. PEN believes the charges to be politically motivated and is calling for his immediate and unconditional release.
Meyomesse’s appeal hearing has been postponed eight times since his case was first referred to a civil court for appeal in April 2013, most recently on 20 February 2014. In April 2013, PEN PEN International wrote to the administrator of Kongengui Prison, where he is currently being held, to express concern for reports that Meyomesse was being prevented from writing in prison in April 2013.
Despite all obstacles, Meyomesse continues to publish his works. In November 2012 Meyomesse self-published a powerful collection of poetry written whilst in detention, Poème carcéral: Poésie du pénitencier de Kondengui (Les Editions de Kamerun, November 2012). PEN Centres have been integral to the dissemination of his most recent works; in late 2013 English PEN published their crowd-sourced translation of Poème Carcéral, while Austrian PEN published a German translation of his poems. To read Meyomesse’s poetry click here. To join English PEN’s for translations of Enoh Meyomesse’s work click here.
Enoh Meyomesse was the recipient of the 2012 Oxfam Novib/PEN Free Expression Award.
it hung around my neck
the damned placard
and the television cameras
and the gawping bystanders
and the gazing eyes of people
across the whole world
it straddled my neck
the damned placard
it straddled it
they’d stuck it there
they’d hung it there
they’d tied it there
and under my name
there was inscribed
oh supreme humiliation
Translated by Dick Jones
Please send appeals:
- Protesting the conviction of writer and activist Enoh Meyomesse on politically motivated charges and the seven-year prison sentence handed down to him on 27 December 2012;
- Calling on the Cameroonian authorities to quash the conviction and to release Meyomesse immediately and unconditionally.
President Paul Biya
Fax: +237 22 22 08 70
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
|Minister of Justice
Hon. Minister of Justice Laurent Esso
Ministry of Justice
Fax: +237 22 23 00 05
Mr. Philemon Yang, Prime Minister
Fax: +237 22 23 57 35
Please copy appeals to the diplomatic representative for Cameroon in your country if possible. Details of some Cameroonian embassies can be seen here.
Social Media: Please use the hashtag #FreeEnoh
For further details please contact Tamsin Mitchell at the Writers in Prison Committee London Office: PEN International, Brownlow House, 50-51 High Holborn, London WC1V 6ER Tel: +44 (0) 207 405 0338 Fax +44 (0) 207 405 0339 email: firstname.lastname@example.org