Write for Rights at UCV - Dec 11, 2016

Locked up for sending a text message

Fomusoh Ivo Feh, known by his friends as Ivo, was about to start university when a text message changed everything.

Late in 2014, the 25-year-old received a text from a friend in the military. The sarcastic message joked that joining the armed group Boko Haram would be easier than getting into university or finding a good job without much experience. The text read “Boko Haram recruits young people from 14 years old and above. Conditions for recruitment: 4 subjects at GCE, including religion”.

Ivo thought the message was funny and forwarded it to a high school friend. The next thing he knew, the student’s teacher had seen it and showed it to the police. Officers arrested the student in October. On December 13, they arrested Ivo, too.

Ivo has not been treated well. For the first month, his family did not know where he was. From mid-January to April, prison officials bound his ankles, and the ankles of his friend, with chains.

The authorities have charged Ivo and his friend with trying to organize a rebellion against the state.

Right now, they are in prison facing trial in a military court where proceedings are conducted in French. Ivo and his friend speak English best but, of their six appearances in court, they have been provided with a translator just once. They could be sent to prison for between 10 and 20 years.

Article 19, Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

Please write to:

President of the Republic of Cameroon
His Excellency Paul Biya
P.O. Box 95
Yaoundé, Cameroon

Start your letter with:
Dear President,

Fax: 011 3722 221 9376
Email: cellcom@prc.cm or contact@presidenceducameroun.com
Twitter: @PR_Paul_Biya

Please send a copy of your letter to:

His Excellency Anu’a-Gheyle Solomon Azoh-Mbi
High Commission for Cameroon
170 Clemow Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1S 2B4

Fax: (613) 236 3885
Email: cameroun@rogers.com

Begin or end your letter with this request

Ask him to drop all charges against them and free them without delay.

Write in your own words

Describe who you are and what concerns you about the detention of Fomusoh Ivo Feh and his friend.

Show Ivo and his friend your support

Send messages of solidarity and hope to Ivo and his friend to help keep their spirits strong.

Fomusoh Ivo Feh
Délégation régionale de l’administration pénitentiaire
Prison principale de Yaoundé
s/c Prison centrale de Yaoundé
B.P. 100
Yaoundé, Cameroun

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