Enter your email address to receive our daily LGBT news roundup

You're free to unsubscribe at any time.

Amnesty: Cameroon must release men on gay sex charges

Post your comment

Comments on this article are now closed.

Reader comments

  1. So the relevant part of the penal code has been in force since 1972?

    Does this mean that Cameroon decided to criminalise homosexuality themlselves?

    Cameroon is a former French colony and therefore the lazy, moronic excuse ‘Oh don’t blame the poor Africans for our colonial laws’ simply will not work here.

    France decriminalised homosexuality almost 200 years ago.

    All aid and trade with the bigotted regime in Cameroon must cease if they persisit in this persecution of gay people.

    I do not want a single penny of my tax money going to aid these failed African states.

    If they have the cash to persecute the gay community, then they quite clearly do not need western aid.

    1. I believe there is a strong Muslim presence in Cameroon as well.

  2. Does anyone know if Amnesty has started a petition we can sign?

  3. Jonpol, there’s no Amnesty petition yet – just a report. http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/cameroonian-men-detained-%E2%80%9

    There are a number of significant aspects not mentioned by PN.

    In July 2010, the Cameroonian Communications Minister told the BBC that ‘no homosexual is persecuted in Cameroon’, after an important UK Supreme Court judgement in favour of a gay Cameroonian asylum seeker.

    But the Minister was wrong. Cameroon is not one of those countries which criminalise homosexual acts but rarely enforce the law. Cameroon tries to make life as difficult for gay people as possible.

    In November 2010, Human Rights Watch produced a substantial report on LGBTs in Cameroon, showing that ‘people are not punished for a specific outlawed practice, but for a homosexual identity’, and that courts seldom require evidence of sex acts (look up Jean-Claude Roger Mbede).

    And this is the country to which Britain attempted to return asylum seeker Joseph Kaute only last week.

    1. @Jonpol – Sorry – as you know the PN comment system sometimes garbles non-alphabetic characters, causing havoc with URLs. Here’s a Bitly version of the URL above:
      http://bit.ly/oH4fRK

      Amnesty has not yet released an Urgent Action call in this case, though one was issued on 3 June in relation to Mr Mbede’s sentencing.

  4. “ADEFHO, Alternatives-Cameroun, and Human Rights Watch said that section 347 bis and the abuses faced by individuals because of their presumed or actual sexual orientation and gender expression violate rights enshrined in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, which Cameroon acceded to on June 27, 1984, and June 20, 1989, respectively. These rights include the rights to privacy; health; freedom from arbitrary arrest and detention; protection against torture and inhuman and degrading treatment; freedom of expression, association, and information; non-discrimination and equal protection of the law; the rights of prisoners in detention; and the rights of women.”

    ___Human Rights Watch

    Also, Vice Prime Minister Minister of Justice Amadou Ali has ignored requests by HRW to cease arrests under section 347 of the Cameroonian Penal Code.

  5. @ atalanta –

    Could you check the link you’ve posted, please.

    I’m getting a 404 Error message.

  6. These uncivilized barbaric, countries must be taken actions against in the most serious ways , we are dealing with terrorist in goverment parliment who are rappest and murders , not respectful caring officials here, cammeron, must be sanction in the government aand parliment and reprimandded and warned if t;hey every harrass and falsley arrest a person out of racism and bigotry and violate their human and civil and equal individual rights again, they in the parlimaent and police force will be arrested and courtmarshelled for crimes against humanity, by the international amnesty and human rights task force, immediateyl, the monsters themselves as hetersexuals are the one should be in jail and have to get their for their abuses, you let those people alone to live their lives, they are not bothering the others, they are the civilized people,

    1. It’s quite simple.

      Stop all aid to these countries.

      We can do nothing about places like Saudi Arabia and Iran as their oil resources mean that they can behave as they feel

      All these failed African states like Uganda and Cameroon and Malawi and Zimbabwe have the nerve to come begging for free money (which will be stolen by whatever tinpot dictator who is in power).

      Cameroon clearly does not need a single penny of aid.

      They have plenty of money to persecute gay people.

      Therefore all aid to them must cease.

  7. Is the ignorance of religious beliefs and faith grand! Religions is dangerous divisive and delusional. Time to grow up and start dealing with reality people, you wonder why your world is a huge mess? Look no further then religion, while ignorance is bliss, it comes with a huge price.

These comments are un-moderated and do not necessarily represent the views of PinkNews. If you believe that a comment is inappropriate or libellous, please contact us.

Top commenters this week

Latest stories

See all