Cameroonian Jailed For Texting ‘I’m in love with you’ To Another Man

Must Read

Disbandment Of SARS: Shehu Sani Commends IGP Adamu

Former lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani has commended the Inspector General of Police, Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu on...

Nasarawa Governor Signs Death Penalty Bill For Kidnappers

Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa says his state is no longer safe for kidnappers while accenting a bill which...

Supreme Court Fines APC, David Lyon’s Lawyers N60m

While the All Progressive Congress(APC) would still be battling with the harsh reality that it has lost Bayelsa state, the...

Coronavirus Caused By Corruption, Magu Insists (Video)

The acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, has insisted that the raging Coronavirus is...

Dickson, Diri Sing Worship Songs To Celebrate Supreme Court Victory (Video)

Former Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson and incumbent Governor, Senator Douye Diri has reacted to the Supreme Court's...

A Cameroon appeals court upheld a sentence against a man convicted of homosexuality for texting his male friend to say, “I’m very much in love with you.”

gay

Roger Mbede, a university student, was arrested in March last year after the man who received the message tipped off authorities, Human Rights Watch said. A court sentenced Mbede to three years in prison at the time after he was beaten to coerce a confession, according to the group. In July, after more than a year in detention, Mbede was released as his case went through the appeals process, the rights group said in a statement.The appeals court issued its ruling Monday.

“The appeals court decision … is a blow to key human rights principles, including the right to privacy, the right to equality, and the prohibition of torture and ill-treatment,” – said Neela Ghoshal, a researcher at Human Rights Watch.

“The decision sends a warning to LGBT Cameroonians that they risk beatings, arrests, and imprisonment simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.”

Homosexuality is illegal in most African countries, where sodomy laws were introduced during colonialism. Cameroon’s sentences for homosexual acts vary between six months to five years, the rights group said, citing justice ministry records. Authorities in the west African nation were not immediately available for comment. A series of countries have criminalized homosexuality, but prosecutions are rare. In Uganda, homosexual acts are punishable by 14 years to life, but lawmakers are trying to introduce a bill that toughens the law. A handful of nations issue a death penalty for consensual same-sex relations, including Sudan, Mauritania, Saudi Arabia and Iran, according to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association.

- Advertisement -
Ad ==> Discover how a young Nigerian graduate now makes a consistent 40k per week doing a legitimate online business. You too can start yours now, click here!!!

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

More Articles Like This

- Advertisement -