Gay life in Cameroon: Battered, with no legal recourse

Published: October 27, 2014

Erin Royal Brokovitch
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In Cameroon,  gay victims of violence have no recourse to the justice system because of the repressive law known as Section 347 bis.

According to that section of the Penal Code, same-sex intimacy is punishable by imprisonment for up to five years and a fine of up to 200,000 CFA francs (about US  $400).

As a result, if an  LGBTI person in Cameroon goes to a local police station to file a complaint, often he or she is immediately arrested under Section 347 bis.

The partners of gay men in Cameroon sometimes take advantage of this situation. In the heat of an argument, they beat up their partner, confident that he will not be able to turn them in to police.

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