Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Purges in Cameroon

The witch hunt for gays in Cameroon has been extended to the nation's educational institutions. Link.

Colleges and universities in the major city of Douala are conducting a purge to rid themselves of students they consider to be breaking the central African nation's crime of homosexuality. Apparently most of the students expelled are female.

They are also reporting the students to the authorities. Homosexuality is a crime in Cameroon that can fetch an "offender" up to five years in prison.

Males accused of homosexuality are subjected, by the courts, to rectal and anal examinations to determine, somehow, if they are gay or not. This can be avoided by pleading guilty, so that is what many men do when charged by the courts.

This appalling lack of respect for basic human rights by a member of the African Union reflects the struggle suffered by gay people everywhere on the continent.

We in South Africa, who only have to endure the scorn of private citizens, don't know how lucky we are to have our rights protected by our government and constitution.

As we enjoy Human Rights Day and remember the atrocities of our past, let us also remember the injustices suffered by our fellow Africans elsewhere on the continent.

Maybe one day they will also be free.


Blogger Rethabile said...

"Maybe one day they will also be free"
They will. The movement can only be forward, not backward. One step back and two steps forward. That's how I see the road ahead for Africa. Trouble is, how can we cut back on those steps back?

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