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In Cameroon, a few more days of freedom for Roger Mbede

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In Cameroon today, a decision on Roger Mbede’s appeal of his homosexuality conviction was delayed again.

Mbede, also known as Jean-Claude Roger Mbede, was sentenced in 2011 to three years in prison, but was granted provisional release this past summer for medical treatment.

During today’s court session, because of a lack of judges, action on all proceedings, including Mbede’s, were delayed until Dec. 17, 2012.

Mbede’s attorney, Michel Togue, and two members of the activist group Camfaids were present at the proceedings.

Amnesty International has been campaigning for Mbede’s release. He was convicted of violating Cameroon’s anti-homosexuality law after he sent a male acquaintance a text stating, “I’m very much in love with you.”

This article in French: “Au Cameroun, quelques jours plus de liberté pour Roger Mbede.”

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Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at info@76crimes.com. Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.

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