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Amnesty fights for Cameroonian man jailed for three years on charges of being gay

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  1. charges of “homosexuality and attempted homosexuality”.

    Am I the only one thinking: ‘attempted’ homosexuality? What, he tried it out but couldn’t quite get it right?

    Is Camaroon so backwards they think 1984 was a handbook on how to be like the West and want to make the perfect Orwellian society by employing Thought Police?

    Paul Biya (or Paul Barthélemy Biya’a bi Mvondo to give your full title), please take a look around you and join the 21st Century. Live and Let Live.

    1. Apologies for the all bold, the tag didn’t close properly… Was only intended for the quotation.

  2. Mumbo Jumbo 7 Jun 2011, 10:44am

    You can use this link to Amnesty for briefing on points to make and the necessary e-mail and snail mail addresses to write letters of protest.

    http://goo.gl/pZafa

  3. “attempted homosexuality”? Yet more proof that all these homophobic loons are obsessed with sex. They can’t see past it and their frothing obsession blinds them to all common sense.
    I hope this poor man is released very soon. It’s disgusting that he was ever arrested at all.

    1. How does one attempt homosexuality?

  4. Simply appalling! Shows that a lot of these African countries have no respect for human rights!

    1. When it comes to places like Saudi Arabia and Iran we have very little influence on pressurising those dumps into becoming civilsed on the subject of homosexuality. Those countries have resources and are not solely reliant on the west.

      Sub-Saharan Africa (South Africa being an exception) on the other hand is full of begging countries headed by corrupt maniacs who use homosexuality as a scapegoat for the self-inflicted problems of those countries.

      We should cut them off financially until they start respecting human rights.

      Why should I care about a country like Uganda which wants me dead.

      Let them all starve if they want commit genocide against gay people.

      1. CameroonGayguy 11 Jun 2011, 5:31pm

        No this is the wrong approach. I am gay AND from Cameroon. Attitude have to change, I fear to say that unless the successful cameroonian folks either in cameroon or outside become proponents of gay rights, things wont change much. My father who is a staunch traditionalist did not balk too much when I told him. I think he always loved him and that’s all that mattered. Not everyone in Cameroon is anti gay you see.
        And indeed, it’s a shame that being gay is still perceived as having sex with a guy rather than liking a guy.

  5. Just read an interesting piece about how gay people meet in Cameroon , it says

    “Homosexuals in Douala dream all of one thing: “the decriminalisation of homosexuality to end homophobia in Cameroon”. Until then homosexuals find comfort in new information and communication technologies, enabling them to meet more easily. “In previous years, it was a little difficult to meet a homosexual.” They had to go hunting. But today, there are Web sites of meetings for the Msm (men have sex with men), i.e. men who have sex with men. “It’s really easier””

    Just hope these new technologies and websites aren’t being used by these security police, it may be better to go back to the old hunting techniques if phones etc are going to be used as evidence…

  6. Cpt Kibbles 7 Jun 2011, 12:52pm

    @john unfortunatly cameroon does not have laws stopping entrapment so yes these can and are belived to be used for this sort of thing.

  7. Does anyone have list of African countries (aside from South Africa) where homosexuality is not illegal.

    I don’t donate money to Africa anymore as I do not want to fund persecution based on sexuality.

    Cameroon is a bigotted dump that should be avoided.

    Isn’t Cameroon a former French colony?

    Therefore isn’t this penal code which criminalises homosexuality a Cameroonian invention (seeing as homosexuality has been legal in France for almost 200 years).

    If this is the case it shows the pathetic excuse that ‘homophobic laws are a colonial legacy’ to be barefaced lies. Africa is entirely responsible for African bigotry.

    And I am responsible for where I sent my charitable donations and most of Africa doesn’t deserve a penny.

    1. Yes David you’re thinly veiled racism is fooling no one

      1. except you

      2. “Thinly veiled racism?”

        What utter nonsense.

        When it comes to Uganda we keep hearing these ABSURD excuses for Uganda’s genocidal homophobia

        The excuses go something like ‘US Evangelicals and the legacy of British colonialism is to blame for Uganda’s genocidal bigotry.

        Well Cameroon is a former French colony – therefore Cameroon didn’t inherit homophobic laws like Uganda did.

        Meaning that Cameroon decided by itself to make homosexuality illegal.

        Cameroon is a hateful, homophobic dump

        It’s not racist if it is true.

        And aside from South Africa can you please let me know which countries do not criminalise homosexuality.

        1. Which countries in Africa I mean!

          1. Another Hannah 7 Jun 2011, 6:02pm

            and kick them out of the commonwealth then. why are we giving them money to waste it like this, and why are we keeping an alliance with a country that behaves like this? It’s homophobic.

        2. Another Hannah 7 Jun 2011, 6:00pm

          so if you don’t want to give money to countries that want to kill and persecute you your racist? cr*p – thinly vieled excuse to blame the victim!

          1. Only one comment even mentions the gay people who will have to deal with the anti gay attitudes Stephen R.

            You lot just comment about stopping money in aid, You don’t care about the black gay africans you care about your precious money

      3. Jock S. Trap 7 Jun 2011, 3:17pm

        This is the whole problem.
        If people don’t want to take part or listen to debate leave but don’t try and stop it by the racism crap.
        It’s childish.
        Issues are hear to be talked about.

        1. Jock S. Trap 7 Jun 2011, 3:18pm

          See Paddys… thats the wrong use of the word!

          1. I don’t know if it’s up to date, but there’s this for information about various rights etc:

            en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_in_Africa

          2. Jock S. Trap 7 Jun 2011, 4:32pm

            Thats very interesting Iris.
            The best detailed account I’ve seem.
            Some very disturbing things on there too I have to say.
            Some also very clear male egos too.

          3. Yes, Jock, a lot of male egos it seems, and not just in Africa, of course. I’m sure there are better sources than Wiki, but I’m busy (and a bit lazy :D).
            Other countries here too:
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_by_country_or_territory

          4. Jock S. Trap 8 Jun 2011, 9:51am

            Blimey I see what you mean.
            Thank you for that, gives an excellent idea of where we stand around the world.

    2. @David

      Countries in Africa where homosexuality is legal include:
      Ascension Island
      Benin
      Burkina Faso
      Cape Verde
      Central African Republic
      Chad
      Cote d’Ivoire
      Democratic Republic of the Congo
      Equatorial Guinea
      Gabon
      Ghana (lesbian only)
      Guinea-Bissau
      Lesotho (lesbian only)
      Madagascar
      Malawi (lesbian only)
      Mali
      Mozambique
      Niger
      Nigeria (lesbian only where Sharia law not respected)
      Republic of the Congo
      Reunion
      Rwanda
      Seychelles (lesbian only)
      Sierra Leone (lesbian only)
      South Africa
      St Helena
      Zambia (lesbian only)
      Zimbabwe (lesbian only)

      This does not mean there are good LGBT rights merely that acts of homosexuality are legal.

      Nationals having good LGBT rights in Africa include:
      Mozambique, Reunion and South Africa

      However, South Africa is the only country with comprehensive legislation supporting LGBT rights

  8. In stories like this it would surely be good to put a PROMINENT link to Amnesty’s website and/or give readers the government or embassy contact info?

  9. Jock S. Trap 7 Jun 2011, 3:14pm

    This is a disgrace.
    Another backward law in a backward country.
    What the hell is ‘attempted’ homosexuality anyway.
    and
    On suspicion of being Gay?
    Such a corrupt Evil system driven by egos again for what?
    To please the Bible and co?
    Disgusting.
    How do these countries really expect the best from such oppression?
    It’s all about control I guess.
    Progress comes with a strong diverse society.
    Why will they not see it.
    Guess with these people War trumphs over love.
    Thats the Religious way.

  10. I first attempted homosexuality a few years ago, with some success I might add. Fabulous. Changed my life, haven’t looked back since.

  11. All to often in case like this it is hard to imagine the fear, despair and isolation of an individual in these situations. I always hope that Amnesty International can help win not only win immediate release but help them escape they tyranny of the country they live.

  12. I believe this entire story was triggered by entrapment …

    that says something about the condition of the country as well.

    1. Unfortunately entrapment and “example” are often tools used to discourage,( I am still debating the charges Homosexuality and attempted homosexuality” Vs “Homosexual and practicing homosexual” )

  13. *Gay man charged and jailed for being gay and attempting to be gay.
    *Panda charged and caged for being a panda and attempting to be a panda.
    *Blonde charged and jailed for having blonde hair and attempting to be a blonde.
    *Short man charged and jailed for being short and attempting to be short.

    1. I still dont understand how one attempts to be gay

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