Cameroon: Criminalizing Identities

Rights Abuses based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Published on Human Rights Watch HRW, November 4, 2010.

This 62-page report details how the government uses article 347 bis of the Penal Code to deny basic rights to people perceived to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT). The report describes arrests, beatings by the police, abuses in prison, and a homophobic atmosphere that encourages shunning and abuse in the community. The consequence is that people are not punished for a specific outlawed practice, but for a homosexual identity, the groups said. 

Table of Contents (click in the right column of any chapter):

Map of Cameroon
Summary
Methodology
Background
Criminalizing Presumed Identities
The Justice System: Prejudiced and Unfair
Abuses in Detention: A Constant Reminder of Who You Are
Social Control, Rejection, and Violence
Conclusion
Specific Recommendations
Acknowledgments
Appendix I: International Legal Standards
Appendix II: Glossary

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