By Melanie Nathan, February 17, 2014.
According to an AP report coming out of Dakar, Senegal activists are reporting that the vice president of a Cameroonian gay rights organization was arrested, after his name was included on a list of presumed homosexuals given to police. Yves Yomb, executive director of Alternatives-Cameroon, said Richard Kwa Bette was arrested Friday in Douala, the commercial capital. He said Kwa Bette was included on the list along with other members of the organization, who feared they would be arrested too. The list, he said, was prepared by a man arrested for theft.
Cameroon’s penal code calls for prison sentences of up to five years for homosexual acts. The country carries out more prosecutions of sexual minorities than any other in sub-Saharan Africa.
Cameroons LGBT community have been in touch with OBLOGDEE and told us of the many gays currently in hiding. We have been reporting here of the witch hunt in Cameroons, launched against gays. Grave danger is facing the community.
Donations to help LGBT people escape arrest in countries that criminalize homosexuality can be found at http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rescue-fund-to-help-lgbt-people-escape-africa/x/6400968