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Cameroon says citizens abuse LGBTI people

Cameroon says gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people are increasingly becoming victims of violence and cruelty. The central African state’s government made the comments this week after Human Rights Watch reported abusive treatment of LGBTI people and called on Cameroon to hold the perpetrators accountable.

Around 15 people who claim to be gay are shouting and thrashing a man. In a video widely circulated on social media platforms including Facebook, WhatsApp and YouTube, the mob drags a naked man out of a room, with their legs apart, and says the man is dressed and behaving like a woman. is male.

Human Rights Watch said in a November 20 dispatch that the video is of a violent mob humiliating a 27-year-old intersex man in the Cameroonian capital, Yaounde.

Paul Abbo said he witnessed the attack on an intersex man. Abbo said he hoped gays and lesbians would refrain from humiliating the person, saying what he said was a practice that did not respect Africa.

“I learn that in Gabon the Senate and the Assembly adopted legislation for homosexuality or homosexuality, but in Cameroon we know that a family consists of a man and a woman and not a man and a man or a woman and a woman. The man is the head, the woman is subordinate to the husband, and they merge to form a family.” Abbo said.

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Abbo said he was surprised when lawmakers in Gabon’s parliament voted to decriminalize homosexuality in June 2020.

Rights groups say Gabon is one of the few countries in sub-Saharan Africa to have removed a law punishing sex between people of the same sex.

Human Rights Watch Central Africa researcher Ilaria Allegrozzi said perpetrators of the Yaounde abuse filmed the attack, which lasted several hours.

Cameroon this week said attacks on gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people are on the rise in the central African state.

René Saadi is the Minister of Communications and Government Spokesperson. He said that although homosexual sex and practices are illegal in Cameroon, no one has the right to abuse a suspect.

“Homosexuality, it must be reiterated, remains a sexual orientation that has been suppressed by our laws because it contradicts our realities, our beliefs, and our culture as well as the requirements of reproduction. But for all that, it Not above. Justice must take its place in punishing each of us found guilty of homosexuality. It is an insult, an assault which is also punishable by law.”

Saadi said only Cameroonian law has the authority to establish and punish lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex crimes.

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Cameroon did not provide further details on how many LGBTI people have been attacked.

However, Human Rights Watch said in a report in April that LGBTQ people are facing a new wave of persecution in Cameroon, where homosexual relationships are illegal.

The group said police detained 12 youths on charges of homosexuality in the eastern city of Bertoua in February, beat them up and locked them up at a police station. Police in Douala, a commercial city, detained Loik Njukam, known as Shakiro, and Roland Mouth for wearing women’s clothes while dining at a restaurant in February.

Cameroonian law prohibits having sex with a person of the same sex, which can be punished with imprisonment of six months to five years.

Rights groups say Cameroonian police target public gatherings of LGBTQ people. The Human Dignity Trust, a group that defends the rights of LGBTI people, reports that police crackdowns against LGBT people in Cameroon have increased. It said that at least 24 people were arrested, beaten or threatened by security forces for alleged consensual homosexual conduct or gender non-conformity since February.


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