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Cameroon:Amnesty int’l urges Biya to release students jailed for Boko Haram joke

Rights group Amnesty International has once again urged authorities in Cameroon to release three students sentenced to ten years in…

Rights group Amnesty International has once again urged authorities in Cameroon to release three students sentenced to ten years in jail each for sharing a joke on Boko Haram.

Amnesty was reacting recently after 289 persons detained in connection to the crisis in the North West and South West regions following a decision by the Head of State to discontinue their cases.

While praising the decision, Amnesty International said Cameroonian authorities should extend the gesture to other persons still illegally detained.

“The release must not be the last in a country where many more people are languishing in jail simply for exercising their freedom of expression. We call on authorities to release them, including students Fomusoh Ivo Feh, Afuh Nivelle Nfor and Azah Levis Gob sentenced to 10 years for sharing a sarcastic joke on Boko Haram,”Marie Evelyne Petrus Barry, Amnesty International West and Central Africa Regional Director said.

“Authorities should lay out clear steps to protect and respect human rights while guaranteeing that any wrongful detentions do not continue to take place,” she added.

 

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