Urgent Action: Activist In Need of Urgent Medical Care (Cameroon: UA 9.20)

February 10, 2020

Political activist Serge Branco Nana, member of the opposition party Cameroon Renaissance Movement (Mouvement pour la Renaissance du Cameroun – MRC) is serving a two-year prison sentence for “mutiny” in Mfou Prison, southern Cameroon, having been accused of inciting a riot while in pre-trial detention. He is at risk of further torture and requires urgent medical care.

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Mr. Laurent Esso
Minister of Justice
Secrétariat Général
Quartier ministériel
BP 1000 Yaoundé – Cameroon
Tel: (+237) 222 23 26 23
Email: [email protected]
Ambassador Etoundi Essomba Henri
Embassy of the Republic of Cameroon
2349 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20008
Phone: 202 265 8790 | Fax: 202 387 3826
Email: [email protected]
Contact form: https://bit.ly/2OGud7B
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

Your Excellency,

I am deeply concerned about the wellbeing of political activist Serge Branco Nana. Serge Branco Nana is a member of opposition party MRC. He was arrested in January 2019 in Bagangté, western Cameroon, during peaceful demonstrations. He was then held in pre-trial detention in Kondengui Prison in Yaoundé. In July, he was accused of inciting a riot that happened in the prison and was subsequently sentenced to two years in prison for “mutiny”.

Following the riot, Serge Branco Nana was taken to the State Secretariat for Defense (SED) where he was allegedly tortured for hours, severely beaten and his genitals electrocuted. He was then transferred to Mfou Prison, 30km from Yaoundé and more than 300km from Bagangté, with wounds and in a very deteriorated physical condition. He has since been complaining about pain in his abdomen, back and feet. Despite his complaints, he has received no medical care.

Cameroon is a party to three international treaties that prohibit torture, as well as cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. Moreover, Cameroon’s Constitution, Penal Code, and Criminal Procedure Code forbid the use of torture and other treatment that violates human dignity and integrity. The treatment undergone by Serge Branco Nana amounts to torture or ill-treatment that is prohibited by those texts.

I urge you to unchain Serge Branco Nana; grant him urgent medical care; allow his family and lawyers to visit him; and ensure that he is protected from torture and other ill-treatment.

Yours sincerely,

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