Homosexuality in Cameroon: identity and persecution
Urgency required: gay and lesbian rights are human rights
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Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries (Hivos)
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)
What does it mean to come out of the closet in Cameroon? It is clear that it takes courage, particularly lately, as the law
has always expressly prohibited homosexuality. (1) The police, generally feared because of their brutal extortion of money
from people, are eager to react to accusations of 'improper’ proposals. That provides more opportunity for blackmail of both
foreigners or Cameroonian citizens. Moreover, in the last few years homosexuality has become, quite abruptly, a hot issue
evoking great indignation throughout society. The result is a hunt for alleged 'homosexuals’, not just by the police, but
also by the population.
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