In January 2017, Musa Usaman Ndamba, a Cameroonian human rights defender will appear for the thirty-second time before the Court of First Instance in Bamenda, Cameroon, ready to defend himself against allegations of criminal defamation filed by wealthy businessman and politician Baba Ahmadou Danpullo.
One of our network members, Musa Ndamba of MBOSCUDA in Cameroon, has been advocating for land rights with pastoralist communities for years. Musa participated in a community land protection network learning exchange in Kenya this past October and is an active client of the Lawyer’s for Resource Justice - a joint initiative between Namati, the International Senior Lawyer’s Project, and AVAAZ, that connects national and grassroots organizations with high-level international lawyers who can provide customized legal support, advice, training and leverage in international jurisdictions.
He has been the target of a wealthy businessman in Cameroon and as an active legal empowerment practitioner and valuable member of our network, we wanted to voice our support and solidarity with Musa and MBOSCUDA in their struggle for land rights in Cameroon. Please feel free to share your support and advice here, read the below article on his situation, and share it widely. Thank you for what you do, @ndambamusa!