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[Press release] Conditions of Detention in the Prisons of Cameroon: the death of a journalist in detention

May 2011

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The International Federation of ACAT (FIACAT), a non-governmental organization with consultative status with the United Nations and observer status with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, is greatly concerned by the death of detained journalist Germain Bibi Ngota, publishing director of the Cameroun Express.

FIACAT strongly condemns the conditions in which the journalist Bibi Ngota died, Thursday April 22, 2010 at Kodengui penitentiary in Yaoundé. FIACAT is fighting against the categorical refusal of penitentiary authorities to transfer Mr. Bibi Ngota to a hospital while he exhibited severe skin reactions and known hypertension.

This death is the direct result of cruel and inhumane conditions in which numerous people are detained in Cameroon prisons. FIACAT wishes to bring attention to the fact that prisons and other places of detention in Cameroon are generally dilapidated, overpopulated, and unsanitary. The government generally does not dispense medical treatment to detainees and dozens of them die in the country’s prisons and detention centers each year.

FIACAT has, to this end, conveyed a report to the United Nations on the prevention of torture and cruel, inhumane, and degrading treatment in Cameroon. FIACAT will express their concerns about the conditions of detention in this country during the examination of the situation of human rights in Cameroon by the Committee Against Torture of the United Nations April 28 and 29, 2010.

Contact :
Nathalie Jeannin – FIACAT permanent representative to the United Nations
+41 787499328

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