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Cameroon: Violating International Treaties

Filed By Ed Team | August 15, 2011 8:45 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: Amnesty International, anti-gay legislation, Cameroon, Erwin Van Der Borght, international treaties

"Given the high level of officially sanctioned homophobia in Cameroon, those arrested under this law are at risk of attack or other forms of ill-treatment by fellow prisoners, or by prison authorities, because of their alleged sexual orientation."

"Cameroon should repeal this draconian law. By arresting people purely because of their alleged sexual orientation, the Cameroonian government is flagrantly violating international human rights treaties which it has signed or ratified."

-- Erwin Van Der Borght, Amnesty International's Africa Programme Director, speaking out against Section 347a of the Cameroonian Penal Code, which criminalizes same-sex sexual acts. Two young men were recently arrested outside a nightclub in the Cameroon capital. They face trial this week.

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