Cameroon: Country Will Not Decriminalize Homosexuality

Written by scott on September 24th, 2013

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Despite a UN push to get Cameroon to change its treatment of its LGBT citizens, the country has refused to legalize homosexuality.

Pink News reports:

During its Universal Periodic Review with the Council, Cameroon rejected nearly all proposals that involved tackling homophobic discrimination, abuse and violence in the country. The country has one of the highest prosecution rates for consensual same-sex sexual relations in the world.

Cameroon rejected the Council’s call to end its policy of arbitrary arrests for same-sex conduct, as well as Uruguay’s proposal to tackle harassment and violence based on sexual orientation, and Germany’s proposal to protect LGBT people from violence. Human Rights Watch said that Cameroon’s reaction to the proposals was “shameful,” adding that the country had “distanced itself from a growing consensus, voiced by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the UN Human Rights Council, that discrimination and violence on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity are never acceptable.

Crossing Cameroon off my list of countries to visit next vacation…

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