Demand Cameroon release gay men sentenced to five years in prison
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President of Cameroon
Paul Biya
Cameroon
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Cameroon National Commission on Human Rights and Freedoms
UK Prime Minister
David Cameron
Cameroon Minister of Justice
Amidou Ali
Minister of Foreign Relations
Henri Eyebe Ayissi
U.S. Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton
President of Cameroon
Paul Biya

Demand Cameroon release gay men sentenced to five years in prison

    1. Petition by

      ADEFHO (Association of Defence of Homosexuals)

In November, two gay men in Cameroon were sentenced to five years in prison simply for being gay, the harshest penalty allowed under Cameroonian law. During the trial, according to the AFP, the judge issued some particularly homophobic comments, leading one lawyer to call the trial “a bad ruling,” and leading Amnesty International to label these men as “prisoners of conscience.”

The sentence comes on the heels of increased homophobia in Cameroon, and debates over legislation that would further criminalize homosexuality in the country. Human rights attorney Alice Nkom told AllOut.org that “Violence against gay people in Cameroon has skyrocketed to unprecedented levels: the situation is quickly becoming a crisis. The president of Cameroon can put a stop to this, and if he feels enough pressure he will do so.”

Help send a message to Cameroon that the world is watching, and won’t stand silent while people are sentenced to jail solely because of their sexual orientation. Demand the release of these gay men from prison.

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    1. Reached 75,000 signatures
    2. Obama admin announces new efforts to protect LGBT people around the globe

      Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Cameroonian activists today, right before announcing new efforts by the U.S. to ensure human rights protections for LGBT people around the globe.

    3. Reached 30,000 signatures
    4. AllOut continues to call on Cameroonian leaders to stop anti-LGBT violence

      AllOut.org continues to put pressure on Cameroonian leaders to stop arresting LGBT people. They feature a letter from human rights attorney Alice Nkom, who urges international action to draw attention to the human rights record of Cameroon regarding LGBT issues.

    5. Reached 25,000 signatures

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