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Cameroon: HRW Commands Gov’t to Invalidate Law Criminalizing Consensual Same-sex Relations
Category :- Society Author :- L J KINGAH 
Posted on April 15, 2021, 11:11 am
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The Human Rights Watch – HRW in its Wednesday April 14th, 2021 report on maltreatment and assault of homosexuals in Cameroon has urged the government to with immediate effect invalidate laws that criminalize same sex relations in Cameroon.

The statement which has not been welcomed by many Cameroonian youths equally urged the authorities to put an end to “arrests on the basis of sexual identity”. They should also stop “forced anal examinations.”

The document partly reads, “The authorities should immediately end arbitrary arrests on the basis of sexual identity and forced anal examinations and should take swift steps to repeal the law criminalizing consensual same-sex relations.”

Anal examination

Seeing that these persons are not criminalized is an obligation that the government of Cameroon needs to uphold, HRW has indicated.  

HRW Deputy Director of LGBT Division, Neela Ghoshal

In HRW Deputy Director of LGBT Division, Neela Ghoshal’s own words, “The Cameroonian government has an obligation to uphold the rights of everyone in Cameroon, regardless of their real or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity.”

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