Cameroon releases Jean-Claude Roger Mbede for medical care

Amnesty protest in FinlandThis blog has received two reports that Jean-Claude Roger Mbede has been released from prison, at least temporarily, for medical treatment.

We are seeking confirmation of those reports.

[It has been confirmed. See the exclusive interview, “Gay in Cameroon: after beatings in prison, rejection at home.”]

Meanwhile, Amnesty International is continuing its campaign for his release.

The appeal of his sentence was heard in May.

Amnesty launched a campaign for his release last year, and that campaign has continued. Most recently Amnesty supporters in Finland used dozens of photographs to show their support for his release. Each of the photos included the statement in English and French: “Jean-Claude Roger Mbede, we have not forgotten you, nous ne vous avons pas oublie’.”

Several of those photos appear below, along with other photos of his supporters and of protests for his release in Germany, Slovakia, Australia, Italy and Cameroon.

For more information, see:

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… in Germany …

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… in Slovenia and in Italy …

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… in Australia and in Cameroon

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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 Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.


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