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Cameroon Court Upholds Three Year Sentence for Gay Man Jailed for Texting 'I'm Very Much in Love w/u' to Another Man

Back in September, Brandon posted about  Roger Jean-Claude Mbede, a Cameroonian man jailed for texting a man a photo of himself holding a sign which read "I'm very much in love w/u."

MbedeMbede has since been incarcerated in Kondengui Central Prison.

In September, Representatives from Alternatives Cameroon visited Mbede in Kondengui, where they found him in "deplorable" moral and physical health:

Suffering at the time with his left eye and without treatment or medications. He told us he slept on the ground since his imprisonment, and abandoned by most of his family members who regard him as a wizard.

Today, a Cameroonian court upheld his conviction for homosexual conduct, the AP reports:

The Court of Appeal ruled early Monday that Jean-Claude Roger Mbede, 32, must serve out his three-year jail term. He was provisionally released on bail in July after spending a year and a half behind bars. Mbede told The Associated Press he's not sure he can put up with the anti-gay attacks and harassment he faced from fellow inmates and prison authorities.

Gay rights activists say the upheld sentence marks yet another setback for gays and lesbians in Cameroon, widely viewed as the most repressive in Africa when it comes to prosecuting same-sex couples.

The activist group AllOut has an ongoing petition to free Mbede, which can be found here.

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  1. "Regard him as a wizard"? Really?

    What the hell is wrong with Africa...

    Posted by: Rich F. | Dec 17, 2012 9:57:14 AM

  2. The horrendous oppression of gays in Cameroon needs to be highlighted. It is easy for them to do this when nobody is paying attention. This story needs to go viral. @leliorisen

    Posted by: Lelio Risen | Dec 17, 2012 10:07:15 AM

  3. Does France have ANY influence with Cameroon?Is the 'progressive' government applying all the pressure it can? What about the UN, NGOs, the U.S.? NO GAY in ANY western country can even begin to compare their oppression to this guy and others like him. By comparison, we're the world's privileged gay elite.

    And a gay wizard? I thought that was Ian McKellen?

    Posted by: ratbastard | Dec 17, 2012 10:18:28 AM

  4. "What the hell is wrong with Africa..."

    The same thing that is wrong with Haiti, Jamaica, the Mississippi Delta, and the south side of Chicago......

    Posted by: Rick | Dec 17, 2012 10:39:11 AM

  5. Rick the Racist is in the house!

    Posted by: Javier | Dec 17, 2012 11:09:04 AM

  6. "Regard him as a wizard"? Really?

    In several African states, there is a popular belief that gays and lesbians are inhabited by demons, literally. They are considered to be witches or wizards (a sorcerer or male witch). Exorcisms are practiced with the aim of forcing the devils out. There have been witch hunts, literally, and mob violence, including burning people alive.

    As expected, religion is often at the root of this violence.

    Posted by: F Young | Dec 17, 2012 11:44:34 AM

  7. F Young : That IS awful. I know witch hunts (primarily directed at children) were at their worst in Nigeria, but I didn't know about other countries, or about the gay/lesbian aspect.

    Posted by: Yupp | Dec 17, 2012 11:49:17 AM

  8. gays, women that want equality, dissenters, and those with medical illnesses (dementia, parkinson's, epilepsy to name a few) all regarded as witches/wizards.

    We should be offering amnesty so people can flee these backwards countries and save their lives

    Posted by: MaddM@ | Dec 17, 2012 12:14:33 PM

  9. @RatBastard: I suspect the problem with Cameroon and France is the same as with Uganda and the UK. Former colonies view the attempts of their former overlords (and other Western countries) to impose their decadent morality on them as neo-coloniamism. This makes it imperative for us in the Western world to allow them to take the lead to show us how best to help them. Unfortunately, part of the problem is religion. The missionaries were very good at teaching the then current belief - and it has been carved in stone and not allowed to live and grow. (Just like the Religious Right in this country.)

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Dec 17, 2012 3:06:52 PM

  10. In a continent of victims –millions of them- the tragedies of persecuted LGTB seem like mere drops in a sea. But they are all hands to receive charity money –many of witch evaporates in officials hands- so is not bad to highlight human rights –and therefore also LGTB rights- problems to press the local into addressing them.

    Posted by: SayTheTruth | Dec 17, 2012 9:03:49 PM

  11. Is he, two years ago, the handsome boy, that saved my boy, I recall scene. Has been have no a good thanked him, never thought that we should meet again. Now he is more than two years ago the handsome. I smile, is in told him I recall him.

    Posted by: Brandon Bolden Jersey | Dec 19, 2012 8:11:39 PM

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