Cameroon: Stop Prosecuting People for Being Gay

Laws criminalizing same-sex consensual relationships in Cameroon need to be revoked and those imprisoned for being gay need to be released, according to Amnesty International.

Since March 2011, 13 people in Cameroon have been arrested for allegedly practicing same-sex sexual activity.

However, while the law currently allows only those caught in the act to be prosecuted, most have been arrested only on allegations of their perceived sexual orientation.

The law in Cameroon is outrageous and violates a number of international human rights laws, like freedom of expression, freedom from discrimination and self autonomy.

It saddens me to see so many countries in the world prosecuting people for being who they are. Being part of the LGBT community makes you no different than anyone else. It is just another aspect of life, and I hope that countries can begin to see that.

What if you were prosecuted for who you are? How would you feel living in constant fear? I know I would not like it, and I bet you would not either.

So just think about how these people feel. Do you think they like being prosecuted for being who they are? I bet they do not.

So everyone needs to do their part to help end the prosecution and alienation of the LGBT community internationally because they are no different than anyone else.

About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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2 Responses to Cameroon: Stop Prosecuting People for Being Gay

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