Waymon Hudson

Cameroon Sentences Gays to Hard Labor

Filed By Waymon Hudson | January 17, 2008 11:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Cameroon

The African Republic of Cameroon has sentenced three men to six months of hard labor for “being homosexuals”. Lazare Baeeg, Emmanuel Balep and Tony Dikongue were arrested last August and have been in prison for nearly six months awaiting trial.

While none of the men were caught in any sex acts, they nonetheless were put in prison and then sentenced to hard labor.

Cameroon law states that homosexuality is a crime, carrying a maximum penalty of three years in jail and a large fine. Several countries in Africa also treat homosexuality as a punishable offense, some even with tribal sentences of death.

This is part of a growing trend of African nations attacking gays...

The Kenyan President has called homosexuality a "scourge that goes against Christian teachings and African traditions.”

The president of neighboring Uganda has ordered the arrest of homosexuals for carrying out what he described as "abominable acts."

Zimbabwean President Mugabe has been particularly outspoken in his condemnation of homosexuality, describing gay people as "lower than dogs."

Another sobering reminder of the serious plight of LGBT people around the world…

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Michael Crawford Michael Crawford | January 18, 2008 1:07 PM

Thanks for sharing this Waymon.

Its also important to know that its not just some African nations that are engaged in government sanctioned attacks against their gay citizens. Countries in Asia and Eastern Europe are also guilty of denying the humanity and dignity of gays.

And don't forget that a number of our current presidential candidates are on record as saying that they support writing discrimination against gays into our Constitution.