2 lesbians arrested in Cameroon (not 4)

Cameroon map shows the location of Ebolowa south of the capital city, Yaounde.
Cameroon map shows the location of Ebolowa south of the capital city, Yaounde.

Two lesbians have been arrested and jailed on homosexuality charges in Ebolowa in southern Cameroon, according to the anti-AIDS, pro-human-rights group Camfaids.

According to an earlier radio report, four lesbians had been arrested.

The two jailed lesbians were arrested four months ago, Camfaids said.

At present, reportedly no assistance is being offered to the two defendants, Camfaids said.

Under Cameroonian law, prison sentences of up to five years are supposed to be imposed only for people convicted of specific homosexual activity, but it is often interpreted as justifying imprisonment for people who are suspected of being homosexual.

This blog will report further information as it becomes available.

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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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