Cameroonian Men Who 'Looked Gay' Acquitted

An appeals court has acquitted two men who were jailed for "looking gay" because they wore women's clothes. They are among numerous people who have faced persecution in the country for their perceived homosexuality.

  • Cameroon:  Men Who 'Looked Gay' Acquitted (press release)

    Amnesty International, 8 January 2013

    The acquittal of two Cameroonian men jailed for "looking gay" because they wore women's clothes exposes the systematic discrimination against perceived homosexuals in the country, ... read more »

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Gay couples face charges and discrimination.

  • Cameroon:  Same Sex Marriages Are Crimes Against Humanity, Says Archbishop Bakot

    Catholic Information Service for Africa, 4 January 2013

    One of Cameroon's most senior Christian leaders called same-sex marriages a "crime against humanity", ramping up anti-gay rhetoric in the Central African state. read more »

  • Cameroon:  Court Upholds 'Homosexuality' Conviction

    Human Rights Watch, 18 December 2012

    A Cameroonian appeals court decision on December 17, 2012, upholding a criminal conviction for homosexuality demonstrates that basic human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and ... read more »

  • Cameroon:  Gays Harassed, Imprisoned

    UN News Service, 16 November 2012

    The United Nations human rights office today expressed its concern over reports of people in Cameroon being harassed, intimidated, arrested and imprisoned because they were ... read more »

  • Cameroon:  The Fight for Gay Rights Strengthens Online

    Radio Netherlands Worldwide, 10 November 2012

    In Cameroon, homosexuality is still considered a criminal offence and carries a jail sentence of six months to five years as well as a fine. Many are regularly arrested without any ... read more »

  • Cameroon:  Investigate Threats Against Rights Lawyers - Condemn Attack On Right to Counsel in Homosexuality Cases (press release)

    Human Rights Watch, 24 October 2012

    Authorities in Cameroon should promptly investigate threats against two prominent lawyers who are representing clients accused of homosexuality, Human Rights Watch said. The ... read more »

  • Cameroon:  Archbishop Divides Cameroonians With Homophobic Comments

    Radio Netherlands Worldwide, 20 August 2012

    The Archbishop of Yaoundé, Tonyè Bakot, recently described homosexuals as "corrupters of society". A view shared by some Cameroonians and criticized by others, who ... read more »

  • Cameroon:  The SMS That Sent a Gay Cameroonian to Jail

    Radio Netherlands Worldwide, 24 July 2012

    Roger Jean Claude Mbédé spent 16 months in prison with robbers, killers and other criminals. All he did was click the 'send' button on his mobile phone. read more »

  • Cameroon:  UK Court Suspends Gay Man's Deportation

    Radio France Internationale, 3 July 2012

    The High Court in London has granted an injunction suspending the deportation of a Cameroonian gay man who says he will be persecuted if he is sent back home. read more »

  • Cameroon:  Gays Illegally Arrested and Detained

    Radio Netherlands Worldwide, 4 May 2012

    For the past decade, policemen and judges have relied on the Cameroonian penal code to arrest suspected homosexuals. However, the apprehensions are often made on pure speculation. ... read more »