Take Action: Free #MusaNdamba

On May 11th, 2018, Justice defender Musa Usman Ndamba was sentenced to six months in prison and a fine of 1 million CFA ($1,000 USD) in Cameroon. His imprisonment comes after over five years of judicial harassment for unsubstantiated allegations of defamation, during which time the court adjourned his hearings over 55 times. Musa’s prosecution was initiated upon the complaint of wealthy businessman and politician, Baba Ahmadou Danpullo, based on an affidavit containing the alleged defamatory statements, which was not signed by Musa Usman Ndamba but by another individual by the name of Musa Adamu. More on Musa’s case from Frontline Defenders and the OMCT Observatory.

Musa is an active member of the Global Legal Empowerment Network and has participated in a community land protection network learning exchange in Kenya. @exchange_2016kenya

Here are 3 ways you can help Musa right now:

  1. Share Musa’s Story - Individuals and organizations working to help free Musa are sharing his story and images using #MusaNdamba on social media far and wide.
  1. Spread the World - Today (25 May) is Africa Day, so help raise additional awareness for Musa’s case by using #AfricaDay and #AfricansRising on social media.

  2. Sign a letter to the President of Cameroon - Attached is a Joint Open Letter to Cameroon President Paul Biya over Prosecution and Conviction of Musa Usman Ndamba. To sign on, write a comment below stating that your organization would like to sign on to the letter, and the campaign team will share the list of organizations with the convenors.

Joint Letter to Cameroonian President Paul Biya expressing concern over prosecution and conviction of Musa Usman Ndamba.pdf (289.7 KB)

Musa is a Justice Defender working to secure Land Rights: #JusticeForAll. But, the work of grassroots justice defenders remains chronically underfunded, and the defenders themselves are increasingly at risk.

The moment is now – take action in support of Musa and all Justice Defenders here


@ndambamusa is such an amazing advocate and his treatment is unacceptable! We are thinking of you every day and hope you will be released very soon.


Update: the OMCT has released an urgent appeal to free @ndambamusa

"The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and FIDH, has received new information and requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Cameroon .

New information:

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the ongoing judicial harassment and arbitrary detention of Mr. Musa Usman Ndamba , National Vice President of the Mbororo Social and Cultural Development Association (MBOSCUDA), an organisation that defends indigenous Mbororo rights.

According to the information received, on May 29, 2018, the hearing concerning Mr. Musa Usman Ndamba’s bail application was adjourned to June 5, 2018, upon request of the lawyers of the plaintiff, Mr. Baba Ahmadou Danpullo[2], who applied to act as civil party in the proceedings and claimed delays in Mr. Ndamba’s lawyers response to their application."

Read more here


We are happy to report an update in Musa Ndamba’s case:

UPDATE : Musa Ndamba was released on bail on 12 June 2018. While we welcome this news, this does not spell the end of the six years of judicial harassment Musa has endured for his work serving his community as a justice defender. His health, family, and livelihood continue to be affected by this judicial abuse, and we must demand #JusticeForAll for Musa and all justice defenders across the globe.

While his resistance of these charges continues, we are thrilled that @ndambamusa is home resting with his family. For more information, visit the Justice For All Campaign website to read his story.