Decriminalize homosexuality in Cameroon - release those imprisoned for being gay
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Philemon Yang

Decriminalize homosexuality in Cameroon - release those imprisoned for being gay

    1. Stuart Ross
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      Stuart Ross

      Reading, United Kingdom

Please read below a report in the Los Angeles Times yesterday, no one should be imprisoned because of their orientation, in the same way that no one should be imprisoned because of the colour of their skin. Cameroon claims to support human rights, and is a signatory of the UN convention on human rights - it is essential that the international community hold them to account and their obligations to ensure humans are treated with dignity and impartiality.

"Amnesty International on Thursday urged Cameroon to release two men sentenced by a court in the capital, Yaounde, to five years in prison for homosexuality. A third man sentenced to the same term had skipped bail.

Many fundamentalist Christians and traditional African leaders oppose homosexuality as "un-African." But Cameroon is emerging as among of the most punitive regimes, having jailed men in the past for homosexuality. The most recent case was in March, when a gay man was jailed for three years, while six other arrested men are in custody awaiting trial.

Morocco has also jailed gay men. Uganda has backed away from a proposed law to punish homosexuality with the death penalty. Nigeria is debating a move to ban same-sex marriage.

But even in South Africa, where same sex-marriage is legal and the constitution guarantees equal rights to all, gay men and women are frequently beaten, killed and raped.

“The Yaounde court must overturn this shocking sentence, which punishes these three men solely on the basis of their perceived sexual orientation,” said Erwin van der Borght, Amnesty International’s director for Africa, in a statement.

“People accused of such crimes in Cameroon often face abuse and violence from other detainees or prison officers in detention. The two men must be released immediately and the Cameroonian authorities must repeal the country’s discriminatory anti-homosexuality laws,” he added.

A lawyer for the men jailed on Tuesday, Alice Nkom, who is a prominent gay rights activist, told the BBC that the men were jailed because they looked like women. The prosecution accused them of having oral sex in a car, a claim the men denied."

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    • jan stephenson COLUMBUS, OH
      • over 2 years ago

      Please be civilized and leave the homosexuals alone. It would be a much better use of your limited resources to put real criminals behind bars.

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    • anthony schmitt SANTA MONICA, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      people deserve to be who they are in any country, gay or not...

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    • veronika amaechi BERLIN, GERMANY
      • almost 3 years ago

      basic human rights for everybody everywhere

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    • Ikenna Amaechi BERLIN, GERMANY
      • almost 3 years ago

      it is the right thing to do

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    • C.J. Aguilar HOUSTON, TX
      • almost 3 years ago

      I'm signing this for BeBe Zahara Benet!

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