Donors free 11 LGBT prisoners in Cameroon. Next, maybe 9 more

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06/22/2022

Only 13 months ago, a visitor to the Central Prison in Yaoundé, Cameroon, counted 11 inmates serving time for nothing other than whom they loved. None of them had been convicted of anything but violations of the nation’s cruel anti-homosexuality law, Article 347-1 of the penal code, which provides for up to five years in prison for same-sex love. Fast forward to the present. All 11 have been set free — a victory for human rights defenders in Cameroon and for the hundreds of generous donors who contributed funds to help the 11 victims of state-sponsored homophobia.

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