Cameroon’s queers can’t speak out for themselves, so international protesters gathered outside the African nation’s embassies to protest the government’s protracted anti-gay repression.
More than 30 people have been arrested in Cameroon in the last two years on charges of homosexuality, despite an October 2006 ruling by the United Nations that termed such arrests to be arbitrary and unfair.
Dozens of students, particularly girls and young women, have been expelled from schools as result of their real or perceived sexual orientation.
“Challenging the legal system that continues to criminalise homosexuality must be a top priority for all human rights organizations,” said Paula Ettelbrick, executive director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC).
French, South African and other activists say the government puts accused homos through a seemingly endless series of trials simply as an excuse to imprison them without an actual verdict.