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Boo! Cameroon Court Imprisons Man For Gay Text Message!

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Jean-Claude Roger Mbede

We tend to take our freedoms for granted in America. But imagine being arrested just for sending a text message.

Not a threat or bullying or even a dick pic- just a benign message of love.

Well, that's what Jean-Claude Roger Mbede is facing. After texting another man "I'm very much in love with you", he was imprisoned for 18 months.

Jean-Claude was only released on a provisional basis after equal rights activists protested his poor treatment. But now, sadly, the court has ruled he is to go back to prison to finish out his term. Jean-Claude says:

"I am going back to the dismal conditions that got me critically ill before I was temporarily released for medical reasons.

I am not sure I can put up with the anti-gay attacks and harassment I underwent at the hands of fellow inmates and prison authorities on account of my perceived and unproven sexual orientation.

The justice system in this country is just so unfair."

Perhaps it's Jean-Claude's English, but we think don't think "unfair" does justice to the injustice in Cameroon.

Last year twelve people were sentenced to prison for the "crime" of homosexuality.

[Image via Amnesty International.]

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14 comments to “Boo! Cameroon Court Imprisons Man For Gay Text Message!”

  1. lily says – reply to this


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    Perez we in africa have values and culture that the europeans and Americans have tried to erode.Homosexuality,bisexuality and bestality is a insult 2 both our God and our culture. You can't force us to live in sin all because u give us little aid that only make us poore.

  2. Lindsey says – reply to this


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    Re: lily – This breaks my heart. Values should not be based on hatred. This man did not hurt anyone. No one is being forced to live in sin. As long as no one is being harmed, everyone should be accepted for who they are. This man does not deserve to endure such pain. And I can't understand how you love your God, when you seem to have no heart.



  3. 3

    Re: lily – maybe we should stop the aid ….!

    this poor man horrible to be treated this way…

  4. Adunni Ade says – reply to this


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    We Africans has the rights to live the way we choose and so does you Americans, it is against our law to engage in same sex affair, 90% are ok with it. come to think of it it's not even a normal except for someone that is retarded, its not in any of the holy books. I just wish they would change it to death sentence to wipe this disgusting act totally from Africa. Thank you



  5. 5

    Re: Adunni Ade

    Actually, it's completely normal. Well over 1000 other species have been documented displaying homosexual behaviour. You hind behind your holy books to justify hate. It really is as simple as that. You hate what you don't understand and/or don't agree with and you make excuses for it so you can look at yourself in the mirror with a clear conscience. THAT is what's truly disgusting. This man wasn't hurting anyone. He's in love with another adult human being.

  6. hi5 says – reply to this


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    The judiciary system in Cameroon is a big joke. As a catholic, I pride myself in tolerance. I wouldn't want to be judged by my sexual orientation rather by my contribution to this world no matter how small it is. Cameroon should worry about the rampant corruption, extreme poverty and non existent healthcare before tackling homosexuality. Being in love with someone of the same sex is not an act of the devil, it is about recognizing and finally embracing who you are.

  7. thetruth says – reply to this


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    Oh and Lilly You don't seem that poor considering your on the internet.

  8. Becky says – reply to this


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    @Canadian Myst So true. 100% agree, they are hiding behind their religion to hate people.

  9. heather says – reply to this


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    @hi5 so true! Its amazing that these people claiming their country is so poor are more worried about homosexuality then feeding their people. Its a sad day when they would rather hate people then feed their own children. It makes me sick, you let your children starve because your more concerned about homosexuality. SICK and disgusting culture.



  10. 10

    Hey Perez, I hear the Cameroons are lovely in the Spring. If you and mama survive the massive tidal wave destined for the Easter Islands, or the catastrophic earthquakes due to destroy Machu Pichu, 12/21/2012, you should really think about taking a trip.



  11. 11

    Re: lily – There are some in America that agree with you. Jews have destroyed the moral values our nation was founded on. I only hope we can return to them and rid out land of perversions. Stay strong in your beliefs.



  12. 12

    Re: Adunni Ade – He didn't even ENGAGE in a homosexual act. He told a guy he loved him. I am disgusted how closed minded you are, how you are willing to lock someone up (or even kill them) because of something they have no control over. Why is it the human race prides itself on intelligence, but happens to be the only species suffering from 'homophobia' which isn't even a phobia at all. It's just being a fucking asshole.



  13. 13

    Re: Mad Dog – Um, America was built on the blood of millions of slaughtered native Americans. I'm pretty sure you cannot get anymore immoral than that. How about you try again with another invalid argument?



  14. 14

    Your right Perez. America is the land of the free. I'm still pissed that you encouraged everyone to spend money outside the USA. It's NOT the time!!!