HL Deb 12 May 1998 vol 589 c110WA
Lord Avebury

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will make further representations to the Government of Cameroon about the prison sentence, reduced to one year by the court of appeal in Yaoundé, passed on Mr. Pius Njawe, editor of Le Messager, for publishing a report on the health of President Paul Biya on 13 January. [HL1684]

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean

We have made representations about Pius Njawe to the Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and Director of Commonwealth Affairs of Cameroon and with the Cameroonian High Commissioner in London. We will continue to take every suitable opportunity to raise his case with the Cameroonian authorities, making it clear that we regard even a one-year prison sentence as unacceptable. Our High Commissioner plans to visit Pius Njawe again shortly.

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