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August 28, 2011

IconCameroon to equate gay sex with paedophilia

LGBT rights activists in Cameroon say that the government intends to toughen laws against homosexuality by blurring the line between gay sex and paedophilia.

‘The government is preparing a reform to the criminal code. In its draft law, it has both maintained and worsened punishment for homosexuality,’ said lawyer Alice Nkom of Association pour la Défense des Homosexuels.

“It has widened its jurisdiction and created confusion between homosexuality and paedophilia, which will allow judges to condemn more people more easily.”

Homosexuality is already illegal in Cameroon, where it is punishable by jail terms of between six months and five years. A proposed law will result in an eight year jail term for anyone who engages in same-sex acts with an individual aged between 16 and 21. The heterosexual age of consent in Cameroon is 16.

LGBT activists such as Nkom are regularly harassed and threatened by officials in Cameroon.

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