Michel Thierry Atangana, a french citizen, has spent 17 years in a windowless 7 square meters cell, located in the basement of the Ministry of Defence, in Yaounde, the capital city of Cameroon. During 5 years, he was maintained in a state of complete isolation. And he had to wait for 15 years before a french official visited him.On November 13, 2013, the UN’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention direly condemned the arbitrary detention of Michel Thierry Atangana by the State of Cameroon, asking for his immediate release.
In his fight, Michel Thierry Atangana received the support of numerous individuals and organizations.
In 2005, Michel Thierry Atangana had been officially granted the status of “Policital prisonner” by the US State Department. The “Prisoner of conscience” status had been granted to him by Amnesty International in 2013.
Michel Thierry Atangana now lives in France, where he tries to gather the shreds of his existence, and to live a normal life. After 17 years of arbitrary detention.