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Cameroon: United Nations secretary-general urged to speak up for Lapiro

9 June 2010

The secretary-general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, visits Cameroon on 10 June 2010. By sending a letter to him, the American legal advocacy organisation Freedom Now makes use of this opportunity to make a pressure to Cameroon’s president Biya, asking Ban Ki-moon to request that the president releases the …

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Cameroon: Maersk Group accused for involvement in case against Lapiro

26 May 2010

In two articles published by the Danish magazine 3F and the newspaper Information on 22 May 2010, A.P. Moller – Maersk Group, the worldwide conglomerate operating in around 130 countries, is accused for being partly responsible for the imprisonment of the Cameroonese oppositional singer Lapiro de Mbanga. The Maersk group …

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Cameroon: Lapiro de Mbanga honoured at Cameroon Music Awards

28 April 2010

Organisers of the Cameroon music and cultural awards, Canal D’Or, have honoured jailed singer Lapiro de Mbanga with a Life Time Achievement Award. The special tribute was presented in Douala to Lapiro’s wife, Louisette Lambo Sandjo, on 9 April 2010 in recognition of the artist’s work, especially his engaging lyrics …

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Cameroon: International PEN releases new protest campaign for Lapiro

28 April 2010

The Writers in Prison Committee of International PEN has launched a new protest campaign for the continuing imprisonment of singer-songwriter Lapiro de Mbanga in Cameroon. In November 2009, Lapiro de Mbanga was one of five cases highlighted for the Writers in Prison Committee’s annual Day of the Imprisoned Writer. The …

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Cameroon / France: Free-for-download album in support of Lapiro de Mbanga

6 January 2010

Mondomix has launched a free-for-download album in support of the imprisoned cameroonian singer Lapiro de Mbanga. “This album compilation is no ordinary compilation,” writes Mondomix, a French online resource for worldwide music and culture. The album was produced by artists who want to inform about what is happening to Lapiro …

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Press release: Imprisoned singer in Cameroon wins global award

25 November 2009

One song — three years imprisonment. Global award to the singer that the president of Cameroon fears for voicing peoples frustrations. Imprisoned musician Lapiro de Mbango is the 2009-winner of the ‘Freedom to Create’ Imprisoned Artist Prize.   Nominated by Freemuse, Lapiro de Mbanga – described as an “unceremonial sheriff …

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Cameroon: Lapiro de Mbanga wins global award

25 November 2009

  One song — three years imprisonment. Global award to the singer that the President of Cameroon fears for voicing peoples frustrations. Imprisoned musician Lapiro de Mbango is the 2009-winner of the ‘Freedom to Create’ Imprisoned Artist Prize. Nominated by Freemuse, Lapiro de Mbanga – described as an “unceremonial sheriff …

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Cameroon: Lapiro de Mbanga

25 November 2009

Musician Lapiro de Mbanga comments on his situation in the prison, and on his cause   In September 2008, Lapiro was sentenced to three years imprisonment and a huge fine. Sharing a cell with more than 50 persons, Lapiro’s health has deteriorated as hygiene conditions and food are substandard. This video …

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Cameroon: Lapiro shortlisted for global award

26 October 2009

High profiled panel with conductor Daniel Barenboim points at imprisoned musician Lapiro for the final shortlist of The Orient Global Freedom to Create Prize. Meanwhile, a lawyers organisation backed up by former president of the Czech Republic, Václav Havel, joins the Freemuse campaign for the singer’s release. Lapiro de Mbanga …

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