Cameroon Criminalizes LGBTI Community after Arrests for 'Homosexuality'

Washington

Following the Oct. 1 arrest of seven men in Cameroon on homosexuality-related charges, Freedom House issued the following statement:
 
“Freedom House strongly condemns Cameroon’s criminalization of homosexuality and the arrest of citizens on charges related to their private behavior," said Vukasin Petrovic, director for Africa programs at Freedom House. “These arrests, which were made after neighbors involved in 'community policing' claimed the house was a haven for ‘effeminate men,’ is reprehensible. Such actions encourage a culture of collective violence against LGBTI individuals. Freedom House urges Cameroon to end discrimination and violence against the LGBT community.”

Cameroon is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2014 and Freedom of the Press 2013. 

Learn more about Cameroon:
Freedom in the World 2014: Cameroon
Freedom of the Press 2013: Cameroon

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