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Encyclopedia > LGBT rights in Cameroon

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Law against gays

Homosexual acts are banned in Cameroon, and are punishable with up to five years in jail according to Section 347 of the country's penal code. In May 2005, 11 men were arrested at a nightclub on suspicion of sodomy, and the government threatened to conduct medical examinations to "prove" their homosexual activity. As of February 2006, nearly all were still being detained, with trials scheduled in March 2006[1].

Gay life in the country

Cameroon is a conservative society. Homosexuality is frowned upon. In 2006, a number of tabloids published the names of at least 50 very prominent people they claimed were homosexual. They condemned them for deviant behaviour. The stories boosted newspaper circulation, but were criticized by the state communication council for invading people's privacy. The campaign provoked a national debate about gay rights and privacy[2].

A Cameroon court jailed Jean Pierre Amougou Belinga for four months for defaming Gregoire Owona, a government minister named in the list of 50 presumed homosexuals in Cameroon[3]. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, the remainder of this article may require cleanup. ... Since its coinage, the word homosexuality has acquired multiple meanings. ...

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Joel Gustave Nana Ngongang, a leading African LGBT human rights activist from Cameroon Joël Gustave Nana Ngongang (born 1982), frequently known as Joel Nana, is a leading African LGBT human rights advocate and HIV/AIDS activist. ...


  1. ^ "Cameroon jails two men for gay sex" PlanetOut Network. February 28, 2006. Accessed March 1, 2006. <http://news.yahoo.com/s/po/20060301/co_po/cameroonjailstwomenforgaysex>
  2. ^ "Row over Cameroon 'gay' witchhunt" BBC News. Updated 6 February 2006, 11:43 GMT Accessed February 7, 2006. <http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/4685298.stm>
  3. ^ Cameroon gay list publisher jailed Ninemsn. Saturday Mar 4 09:23 AEDT.



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