Students released after spending seven years in jail for sharing Boko Haram joke
Fomusoh Ivo Feh, Afuh Nivelle Nfor, and Azah Levis Gob, three Cameroonian students convicted of sharing a Boko Haram joke, have been released.
The students were released after serving seven years in prison, according to Amnesty International.
The human rights organization also criticized the detention and conviction of the Cameroonian students, claiming that they were exercising their right to free expression.
“These three students, who were merely exercising their right to freedom of expression,” Amnesty International stated in a statement, “should never have been arrested in the first place.”
“The Cameroonian government must defend human rights and ensure that everyone has the freedom to express themselves without fear of retaliation.”
The students were released after the Supreme Court of Cameroon lowered their sentence to five years in prison, according to the organization.
The students had been detained since January 2015, but a military court sentenced them to ten years in jail in November 2016.
According to the court’s statement, the students were imprisoned for failing to report terrorism-related information.
The rights organization, on the other hand, said that the pupils were being punished for defying logic.
According to Amnesty International, the joke was passed about as a reflection on the difficulty of finding a good job without being highly qualified.
One of the condemned pupils had shared a text message with a friend in 2014.
Boko Haram was recruiting young people who had completed at least four exam topics, according to the SMS message.
A teacher eventually saw the message and confiscated the student’s phone, which he then gave to the cops.