Cameroon: Three Young Men in Prison for 10 Years for a Joke

Three young men, Fomusoh Ivo Feh, Afuh Nivelle Nfor and Azah Levis Gob have been held in prison for four years of a ten year sentence for a joke. In December 2014, Ivo was arrested by members of Cameroon’s security forces in Limbé after a teacher took away his friend’s phone and saw that Ivo had forwarded him a joke by text that he got from another friend.

It read: “Boko Haram recruits young people from 14 years old and above. Conditions for recruitment: 4 subjects at GCE, including religion.” Based on this, the court found the three friends guilty of “non-denunciation of terrorism related information” and sentenced them to 10 years in prison. Sadly, on appeal, the sentence has been upheld.

Amnesty International has urged authorities in Cameroon to release the three sentenced to ten years in jail each for sharing the joke.

The latest plea comes after 289 people detained in connection to the unrest in anglophone areas were released. Amnesty International said Cameroonian authorities should extend the gesture to other persons still illegally detained.



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