In Cameroon, sexual acts between people of the same gender are punishable with up to five years in prison. Two years ago, Cedric Tchante fled his home in Douala, Cameroon, under the cover of night. Between the torture and murder of a dear friend and the death threats against him that had expanded to his mother, it had become clear the then year-old needed to get out fast and in secret.
Police in Cameroon reportedly raided a club and movie theater just after midnight Saturday morning, arresting 25 men on suspicion of homosexuality. The first target was a cabaret club called Le Mistral. Even though it had closed, police first posed as customers pleading to come in.
Since March13 people in Cameroon have been arrested for allegedly practising homosexuality. Most have been targeted on the grounds of their perceived sexual orientation, rather than on any alleged participation in prohibited consensual acts. In virtually no cases have the police or other eyewitnesses claimed to have seen the alleged homosexual acts.
Most cases are marked by grave human rights violations, including torture, forced confessions, denial of access to legal counsel, and discriminatory treatment by law enforcement and judicial officials. The report found that most people charged with homosexuality are convicted based on little or no evidence. The report includes numerous cases in which the law against homosexual conduct was used for settling scores, showing how the law is easily subject to abuse.
Carl Collison 18 Apr The threats were accompanied by photographs taken of his children, two boys and two girls, then between the ages of eight and 15, at their school. This kind of situation can only bring fear - can only bring sadness - to a family.
Legal rights are diminishing for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex LGBTI people across the African continent. It's already illegal to be gay in Uganda. If you're found to have had a same-sex relationship, you can expect to spend seven years in prison.
Cameroonian human rights defender Patience Friede reports :. On the night of March 7 to 8, Tchuandem Megayie Vicky, a young lesbian, was in an LGBT-friendly snack bar in Douala, Cameroonwith straight friends who were curious about gay lifestyles. At about 3 a.
Cameroon is one of 38 African countries where homosexuality is still illegal. Violators of section of the country's penal code, which bans "consensual sexual relations between persons of the same sex," face heavy fines and up to five years in jail. Gay men and women and LGBTI rights activists in Cameroon are at risk of having their homes broken into or burned, the report said. They are also subject to constant threats and intimidation via text message and social media.
Both male and female same-sex sexual activity is illegal in Cameroon  and LGBT persons face stigmatisation among the broader population. He later on described the three stages of life of a Bafia man, namely  :. Kiembe boys were prohibited to have sexual and social contacts with prepubescent girls at the risk of being tortured or enslaved; there was a fierce competition to get the available women.
Though some lawmakers privately question whether policing alternative sexualities should be a government priority, none was willing to take this position publicly. The only objection to renewing Article came from those who wanted the maximum prison term doubled. Public debate over the penal code also laid bare anti-gay sentiment among ordinary Cameroonians.