Yaounde jail in Cameroon holds many males arrested for being homosexual
A bunch of males arrested on suspicion of homosexuality in Cameroon say police allegedly ‘brutalized’ them whereas in custody.
Police raided a well-known homosexual bar and cinema within the capital, Yaoundé within the early hours of Friday (11 Could) the place they arrested the 25 males.
Together with homosexuality, police arrested the boys for failing to hold nationwide ID playing cards and drug possession.
Cameroon outlaws homosexual intercourse beneath Article 347-1 of the Penal Code. Folks convicted of homosexuality face jail phrases of as much as 5 years.
Police launched two of the boys shortly after their detention. The remaining 23 remained in police custody till Sunday.
Based on Rights Africa the police had been undercover pretending to be regular patrons. They tried to drive open the door after administration advised them the bar had closed for the evening.
‘We knowledgeable them that the tavern was already closed, however they pressured the door open. Then they took us [to jail] with none purpose,’ one of many arrested males mentioned.
As quickly because the arrests grew to become identified LGBTI legal professionals, activists and human rights advocates descended on the Central Police Station to attempt to free the boys.
Police Commander Parfait Nana advised media that he didn’t have an issue with anybody’s sexuality, however he had a job to do.
‘Among the many 25 individuals held in custody, two who had been witnesses on the scenes had been launched after a listening to. The remaining 23 will likely be interrogated; conclusions will likely be reached on the shut of the investigations’ he mentioned.
‘Personally, I don’t choose anybody and don’t condemn anybody on the premise of their sexual orientation. Nonetheless, Cameroon has legal guidelines to implement.’
Mother and father frightened about their kids additionally went to the police station the place officers there advised them that their kids ‘deserve their destiny’.
These arrested complained they didn’t get meals or water throughout their detention.
‘We had been interrogated a number of instances. Regardless of threats by the police, we stored our cool. We had been brutalized after which we had been launched,’ mentioned one of many males arrested.
The boys’s arrests comes only a week after 5 LGBTI activists from a HIV group had been launched from police custody and managed to keep away from anal exams to find out their homosexuality.