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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.

This petition was delivered to:
  • President of Cameroon
    Paul Biya
  • Cameroon
    Communications
  • 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


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