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Cameroon courts are gradually recognizing gay rights?



On the 25th of February, a court in Yaounde sentenced a man to 6 months imprisonment and 650,000 francs in fines for assault on a gay person.

A violent mob sexually assaulted, beat, threatened, and humiliated a 27-year-old gay person. Even though the police were reluctant to make arrests, after a complaint filed by the Cameroonian Foundation for AIDS (CAMFAIDS) on behalf of the assaulted gay person, one suspect was arrested and prosecuted.

Sexual relations between people of the same sex are criminalized in Cameroon and punished with up to five years in prison, however, the courts protect them from criminal acts on their person.

The Cameroon society shuns the semblance of gay and other LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex) concepts. Victims are frequently harassed and disowned.

Is this the opening of a greater discussion of LGBTI rights in Cameroon? Is the Cameroon government gradually bending to international pressure to observe LGBTI rights?

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