Campaign to free Cameroonian poet launched in U.S.
Cameroonian poet and writer Enoh Meyomesse has been named an honorary member of the U.S. international freedom-to-write group PEN America, which launched a dynamic interactive timeline to draw attention to his case.
Last December, Meyomesse was sentenced to seven years in prison on charges of stealing and illegally selling gold. No witnesses or evidence were presented during the trial, and he was not allowed to testify in his own defense.
“Enoh’s true offense was to raise his voice in defense of fellow writers and to participate in the political process,” explained Freedom to Write and International Programs director Larry Siems. “We call upon the government of Cameroon to release Enoh and to allow him to exercise his universally guaranteed right to freedom of expression.”
Enoh Meyomesse, 57, has published more than 15 books of poetry, prose and essays, and is a founding member and president of the Cameroon Writers Association. A Facebook page called Free Enoh Meyomesse carries updates on his case.
As an honorary member of PEN America, Enoh is a priority case and will have the full support of PEN American Center.
An interactive timeline on www.pen.org/advocacy/jailing-enoh-meyomesse gives the background to Enoh’s story and supplies letter-writing software to send a letter via e-mail to Cameroonian authorities urging his release.