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:
- 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.
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.
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.
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