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Guilty by Association: Human Rights Violations in the Enforcement of Cameroon’s Anti-Homosexuality Law (April 2013)

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Guilty by Association: Human Rights Violations in the Enforcement of Cameroon’s Anti-Homosexuality Law (April 2013)

2nd April 2013

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The 55-page Human Rights Watch report presents 10 case studies of arrests and prosecutions under article 347 bis of Cameroon’s penal code, which punishes “sexual relations between persons of the same sex” with up to five years in prison. The report found that most people charged with homosexuality are convicted based on little or no evidence. The report includes numerous cases in which the law against homosexual conduct was used for settling scores, showing how the law is easily subject to abuse. Dozens of Cameroonians do jail time solely because they are suspected of being gay or lesbian, the groups found.

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