Report: Cameroon jails many LGBTs to settle scores

Published: March 21, 2013

Most people charged with violating Cameroon’s law against homosexual activity are convicted based on little or no evidence, Human Rights Watch states in a report released today.  The study was prepared in cooperation with Cameroonian  LGBT-rights organizations Alternatives-Cameroun, the Association for the Defense of Gays and Lesbians (ADEFHO), and the Cameroonian Foundation for AIDS (CAMFAIDS).

The study cites “numerous cases in which the law against homosexual conduct was used for settling scores, showing how the law is easily subject to abuse. Dozens of Cameroonians do jail time solely because they are suspected of being gay or lesbian, the groups found.”

Below is today’s HRW press release about the study, which this blog will soon examine and report on in greater detail.

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