Cameroonians who got five years for appearing feminine and ‘gay’ should hear today if there sentence will be reduced.
Two Cameroonians, jailed for appearing gay because they drank Baileys Irish liqueur, are due to learn today (19 October) if their sentence will be reduced.
The cases and other abuses in the central African country have prompted the United States, European Union and international human rights groups to put pressure on Cameroon to stop its repression of LGBT people.
Jonas Singa Kumie and Franky Djome are currently serving a five year prison sentence after a judge found them guilty of ‘homosexual behavior’.
His decision was based on their speech, clothes and drink preferences, reportedly their consumption of Baileys, an Irish whiskey and cream liqueur.
The pair were arrested in July 2011 in a car outside a nightclub in the Cameroonian capital, Yaoundé.
Speaking of their case, the United States ambassador to Cameroon, Robert P Jackson, said: ‘[Gays and lesbians] are human beings, and I refer to this issue because it is a human rights issue. Cameroon is the only CEMAC [Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa] country that outlaws homosexual acts.