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Published:December 2nd, 2011 16:44 EST
Two Imprisoned in Cameroon for Being Gay

Two Imprisoned in Cameroon for Being Gay

By Ernest Dempsey

A court in Cameron has sentenced two young men to 5 years in prison for the crime of homosexuality. This is the maximum punishment for homosexuality available under Cameroonian law. The guys named Jonas and Francky, 19 and 20 years of age respectively, were arrested last July outside a club for violating the state`s anti-homosexuality law.

Their trial was far from fair as the presiding judge, during the trail of the young men, passed homophobic comments which made a lawyer cry out bad ruling. The Amnesty International has called the convicted young men prisoners of conscience. It is obvious that homophobia is on a rise in Cameroon and this irrational fear is filling the judicial ground throughout the country.

Cameroonian LGBT rights activist Stephane Koche has started a petition on Change.orgto ask the Cameroonian president Paul Biya to let Jonas and Francky free using his authority. In the near past, three other persons convicted of homosexuality have been freed after pressure from the international community. There is hope that Jonas and Francky can be freed by gathering enough support for their freedom through presidential orders.

If you think Jonas and Francky have the right to live free despite the homosexuality label, please sign the petition and ask your contacts for the same.