Russia: Chechnya police order parents to kill their gay children or ‘we’ll do it for you’ – Published 03 May 2017 2010z (GMT/UTC)

Gay men and children face persecution as part of an anti-LGBT purge in the Russian region.

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“Chechen authorities have reportedly instructed parents to kill their gay children, according to an account told by a survivor.

The individual, who escaped one of the LGBT prison camps in the southern Russian region of Chechnya, told France 24 that parents had been told to “sort it out” or risk persecution and death at the hands of the authorities.

“They tell the parents to kill their child. They say, ‘Either you do it, or we will,'” he said, speaking anonymously. “They call it: ‘Cleaning your honour with blood.’

“They tortured a man for two weeks [then] they summoned his parents and brothers who all came.

“The authorities said to them: ‘Your son is a homosexual – sort it out or we’ll do it ourselves’.”

The victim added: “We’ve always been persecuted, but never like this.

“Now they arrest everyone. They kill people, they do whatever they want.”

Hundreds of gay men are being abducted, tortured and killed in an anti-LGBT purge in the conservative republic.” – IBT

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Uganda: President Yoweri Museveni signs anti-gay bill that toughens strict legislation against homosexuals – 240214 1325z

A Kenyan gay man wears a mask to preserve his anonymity as he protests against anti-gay moves in Uganda outside the Uganda High Commission in Nairobi, Kenya on 10 February The new law makes it a crime not to report gay people and bans the promotion of homosexuality

“Uganda’s president has signed into law a bill toughening penalties for gay people and criminalising those who do not report them.

A government spokesman said President Yoweri Museveni wanted to assert Uganda’s “independence in the face of Western pressure”.

US President Barack Obama has cautioned the bill would be a backward step.

Mr Museveni had previously agreed to put the bill on hold pending US scientific advice.

Homosexual acts are already illegal in Uganda.

In December a gay rights campaigner spoke of her fears about the legislation

The new law punishes first-time offenders with 14 years in jail, and allows life imprisonment as the penalty for acts of “aggravated homosexuality”.

Homosexuality is just bad behaviour, that should not be allowed in our society – MP David Bahati

It also makes it a crime not to report gay people – in effect making it impossible to live as openly gay.

It criminalises the “promotion” and even the mere “recognition” of homosexual relations “through or with the support of any government entity in Uganda or any other non-governmental organisation inside or outside the country”.

Lesbians are covered by the bill for the first time.

Gay activists say they will challenge the new laws in court.

The bill originally proposed the death penalty for some homosexual acts, but that was later removed amid international criticism.

‘Very scared’

According to the Associated Press news agency, government officials clapped after Mr Museveni signed the bill at a press conference at State House.

Yoweri Musveni - 30 January 2014 President Museveni had been apprehensive about signing the bill, but he could not convince his party otherwise

The BBC’s Catherine Byaruhanga in Uganda says it is rare for the president to assent to bills so publicly.

But the anti-gay bill has become so controversial that the media were invited to witness its signing, she says.

I didn’t even go to work today [Monday]. I’m locked up in the house

Ugandan gay rights activist

Earlier government spokesman spokesman Ofwono Opondo told Reuters news agency Mr Museveni wanted “to demonstrate Uganda’s independence in the face of Western pressure and provocation”.

The sponsor of the bill, MP David Bahati, insisted homosexuality was a “behaviour that can be learned and can be unlearned”.

“Homosexuality is just bad behaviour, that should not be allowed in our society,” he told the BBC’s Newsday programme.

But a gay rights activist in Uganda told the programme that he was “very scared” about the new bill.

“I didn’t even go to work today [Monday]. I’m locked up in the house.

“And I don’t know what’s going to happen now. I’m talking to all my activists on the phone. And it’s the same, they are all locked up in their houses. They can’t move out. They are watching their back to see what happens.”

Our correspondent says although Mr Museveni had been apprehensive about signing the bill, he could not convince his party, religious groups and many of his citizens that it was not needed.

The signing of the bill is an apparent U-turn from a recent pledge to hold off, pending advice from the US.

In a statement, Mr Museveni had said: “I… encourage the US government to help us by working with our scientists to study whether, indeed, there are people who are born homosexual.

“When that is proved, we can review this legislation.”

President Obama described it as “more than an affront, and a danger to, Uganda’s gay community. It will be a step backwards for all Ugandans.”

He warned it could “complicate” Washington’s relations with Uganda, which receives a reported $400m (Ł240m) in annual aid from the US.

In South Africa, former archbishop Desmond Tutu said he was disheartened by President Museveni’s apparent change of stance.” – BBC News

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AIDS activist Paul Kasonkomona is scheduled to learn on Feb. 20 whether a judge will dismiss charges that were brought against him after he appeared on Zambian TV last April and said that the country should repeal its law against same-sex activity because the law hampers the fight against AIDS.

He was arrested immediately after that appearance on local Muvi TV, and was faced with the charge that his appeal for reform was a form of “soliciting for immoral purposes in a public place.”

Kasonkomona and other activists say that anti-gay laws lead to increased levels of HIV and AIDS by making LGBT people fearful of acknowledging their sexual orientation, even to a doctor.

Kasonkomona was arrested April 7 and released on bail on April 11.  Court proceedings against him have in in process since May. On Feb. 20, a judge in Lusaka Magistrates Court is scheduled to make a…

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Dozens out on bail after Iran raid on ‘homosexuals,’ ‘satanists’

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A court in Iran has released “dozens of people” on bail after their arrest Oct. 8 on charges related to “homosexuality and satanism,” according to an LGBT rights organization in Iran.

Earlier “at least 17” arrests were reported in the incident, which occurred in Kermanshah, an Iranian village near the border with Iraq.

6Rang expressed deep concern about implications of the arrests for the safety of LGBT people in Iran:

6Rang is deeply worried about the well-being and fate of individuals in Iran who belong to the LGBT community. They are at high risk of long-term detention, psychological and physical torture, and death.

6Rang calls on the international community– including concerned citizens, world officials, and human rights activists and organizations– to help spread widespread awareness on LGBT-related issues in order to prevent the persecution and deaths of members of the LGBT community in Iran.

The news of the arrests…

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“I am not Haram!” or the Challenges Muslim Gays Confront

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We also sent Lut : He said to his people : “Do ye commit lewdness such as no people in creation (ever) committed before you? For ye practice your lusts on men in preference to women: ye are indeed a people transgressing beyond bounds.” Qur’an 7:80-81

In the post-modern era, when the issue of homosexuality is less of a taboo than say 50-60 years ago, homosexual people are still facing persecution, judgements and condemnation around the world. The degree of the persecution varies for different regions, countries and religions. The one religion that has had the most rigid stance on homosexuality is Islam. Being a Muslim myself it is hard to admit the fact that the level of tolerance seems to be much lower in Muslim-majority countries. Whether or not Islam prohibits homosexuality and the position of the Qur’an is a complex matter which can be discussed in a lengthy…

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Seeking African asylum where gays are beaten, raped

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When he fled from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 2010, hoping to start a new life away from the people baying for his blood, he did not envisage the anguish and terror that was to befall him. He endured discrimination at the refugee camp in Capetown, then suffered an attempted rape by a police officer and a brutal assault by a homophobic man.

Such is the plight of Junior Mayema, 25, a gay man seeking refuge in South Africa.  Although neither his native country nor his country of refuge is one of the 76-plus countries with laws against homosexual activity, both are inhospitable to LGBT…

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Zambia: Gays deserve rights, regardless of theology

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At a time when Zambia is cracking down on LGBT rights activists, the Rev.  Kapya Kaoma of Zambia and the United States provides this eloquent plea for gay rights:

Friends, gays may be sinners but they are humans with rights. I may believe drunkards will go to hell and that women are inferior to men but that does not justify the denial of their rights. I may consider smoking evil but to persecute those who smoke is wrong.Nobody is promoting homosexuality – we have gays in our midst. They may be hiding but they are our brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, friends and workmates. They attend church, sing in our choirs, tithe and in some cases they are our pastors and priests. But they also cry, bleed and die.

Please let us live to disagree but never sacrifice our common humanity. African gays will not get their rights without a fight…

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Zambia police refuse to release ailing gay rights activist

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Police in Zambia are balking at releasing anti-AIDS and human rights activist Paul Kasonkomona from jail even though his supporters have provided the required guarantees that he would return to face court proceedings.

His supporters appealed today to Zambian leaders and international groups to help win his release, saying that Kasonkomona’s continued detention poses a grave threat to his health.

Kasonkomona, who is HIV-positive, was arrested April 7 after he appeared live on television in Zambia urging recognition of gay rights.

He was charged with one count of “promoting immoral acts.”

His supporters were told that Kasonkomona would be released if he could provide two working sureties to guarantee his return to court. But when they did that, police refused to set him free.

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Zambia arrests activist after gay rights appeal on TV

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Police officers in Zambia arrested human rights activist Paul Kasonkomona today immediately after he appeared live on MUVI television urging recognition of gay rights, the TV station reported.

Police said they were following orders from top officials in the police force.

On April 4, police spokesperson Elizabeth Kanjela urged members of the public to report anyone “involved in” homosexuality to the nearest police station.

That statement came in response to an attempt by four male couples to register as married over the Easter weekend.

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“The offence of homosexuality attracts a sentence of not less than five years imprisonment, and therefore anyone who will be found wanting will face the wrath of the law,” Kanjela said.

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The incident began when Jonas Singa Kumie and Franky Djome (Franky Ndome), variously described as gay men and as transgender, went shopping last Sunday at the Essos market in Yaoundé. They dressed as they usually do — in women’s attire and wearing wigs. From a distance, their sexy outfits could give the impression of two young ladies shopping at the market. But in this particular market, their identities could not go unnoticed. They are well known, because Franky ran a hair salon here before being sent to prison in 2011 to serve a five-year sentence for homosexuality.

They are also known outside Cameroon, because of news reports about their trial…

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Gay Muslims- We’re not there yet.

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Homosexuality is a not-so-well kept secret throughout the Islamic world. Afghanistan has an ancient practice, bacha bazi, which causes countless boys to be kidnapped or sold into sexual slavery and homosexual men in Pakistan are forced into prostitution because discrimination bars them from gainful employment. Then there are the stories of Arab men and women taking young boys or girls respectively, as lovers-a natural consequence in cultures where gender separation is the norm. Humans foolishly believe that nature can be overcome by rules. It can be argued that these men and women were victims of circumstance gratifying a basic need by the only means available to them. Today the Gay Islamic community, with few exceptions…

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GayBelarus: Gays in Belarus face reprisals for activism – Updated 160213 2345z

Photo: AP Siarhei Androsenka, center back, 24-year-old leader of GayBelarus, meets with his friends at home in Minsk, Belarus. Gay activists across Belarus emerged from the shadows and tried to register their rights organizations, but their efforts to go legal have been met by a wave of repressions.

Police in Belarus are going after gays, raiding their clubs and locking up clubbers overnight, and summoning gay activists for questioning.

One activist accuses police of beating him during questioning, while others say they were interrogated about their sex lives. The leader of a gay rights organization was stripped of his passport just ahead of a planned trip to the United States.

That is the governments response to a decision by gay activists across the country to try in January to legally register their rights organization, GayBelarus. It marked a more resolute attempt to emerge from the shadows after being slapped down repeatedly by the authorities.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who once said its better to be a dictator than a gay, has long denigrated homosexuals in the former Soviet republic. As he counters discontent from Belarusians who want to see democratic reforms and a more European-oriented society, Lukashenko has portrayed gays as agents of a decadent West. Gay rights activists are part of the broader opposition to Lukashenko, who has ruled the nations 10 million people with an iron hand for the past 18 years, earning the nickname of Europes last dictator in the West.

A similar dynamic is at work in Russia, where gay rights activists have joined the protest marches against President Vladimir Putin. Such public promotions of gay rights will be illegal if legislation now working its way through Russias parliament becomes law.

Homosexuality was formally decriminalized in Russia and Belarus with the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, but anti-gay sentiments still run high in both Slavic countries. In the 21st century in the middle of Europe we are forced to prove to the government that homosexuality is not an illness and not a crime, said Nasta Senyuhovich, a gay activist in Belarus.

She and about 70 other GayBelarus members signed the documents necessary to formally establish the organization and submitted them to the Justice Ministry in January. They did not have to wait long for a response.

Three days later, police burst into a gay night club in the city of Vitebsk and ordered everyone to stand against the wall. With a video camera rolling, the club patrons had to state their name, place of work and sexual orientation, according to Siarhey Androsenka, the 24-year-old leader of GayBelarus, who was in the club at the time.

This was more like a special operation against criminals, Androsenka said. Of course, this action was intended to frighten and intimidate those who dared to proclaim their homosexuality publicly in Belarus.

Three similar raids have been conducted in gay clubs in Minsk, the capital. The most recent raid took place last Saturday when seven club patrons were taken to a police station and held overnight, Androsenka said. He said police have told him that the raids are connected to the activities of GayBelarus.

Separately, more than 60 founders of GayBelarus have been summoned by the police for questioning in Minsk and seven other cities. During the police interrogation the majority of the questions were about my private life: how I became gay, how many partners I have, what role I prefer for sex, where I met my partners, said Artem Ivanou, a 21-year-old welder from Brest. He said police threatened to inform his employers.

One activist said police dragged him out of a hospital where he was undergoing treatment and took him to a police station, where he was beaten. They hit me in the stomach with their knees, and when I fell they began to hit me on the head, said Ihar Tsikchanyuk, who lives in the city of Grodno. He said they called him derogatory names and went through the information stored on his cell phone.

Police have refused to comment on the questioning of the gay activists, as has the Justice Ministry. The repression has caused panic among gays in Belarus. Many are cleaning out their accounts on social networking sites, deleting photographs and any references to gay culture.

We are tired of being afraid and are thinking more about emigrating as a last resort, said 23-year-old designer Iryna Zhebrak, holding the hand of her partner, 24-year-old Karyna Trus. The women, who have been together for 1 ½ years, said they planned to go to Europe to get married, but they hoped to be able to build a life together in Belarus.

We want social change, integration with Europe, Trus said. In todays Belarus we have no future. The state stirs up hatred of people who have an untraditional sexual orientation, which only strengthens the already high level of intolerance in society.

Lukashenko has openly insulted gays, who he has said should be sent off to collective farms to perform public works. After a meeting in 2011 with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, who is gay, Lukashenko made his now famous statement that its better to be a dictator than a gay.

Lukashenko, an admirer of the Soviet Union, has relentlessly stifled dissent and extended his rule through elections that Western observers have criticized as undemocratic. The United States and the European Union have imposed economic and travel sanctions on the Belarusian government over its crackdown on opposition groups and independent news media.

Any attempt to stage a gay rights demonstration in Belarus is usually quickly dispersed by police. But last year, activists managed to evade police by renting a streetcar and driving it through Minsk decorated with rainbow flags and signs.

Members of GayBelarus hold underground educational seminars and meetings in small towns, where gays have even a more difficult time. In Grodno, where Tsikchanyuk claims he was beaten, several seminars are planned for February.

Gays for the first time got some hope that they could change their marginal existence, they came to believe that they could fight for their rights even in Belarus, said Androsenka, who has led the gay rights group for three years. The rented apartment where he lives with his partner is the groups headquarters, strewn with books, brochures and rainbow flags.

Androsenka was supposed to leave Feb. 2 for the United States to participate in a program for civil society leaders sponsored by the State Department. But Belarusian border guards seized his passport under what appears to be an absurd pretext. Androsenka said they told him his passport was listed as lost, and that he himself had reported it missing. mail.com

U.S. speaks out against harassment of GayBelarus

usosceU.S. Mission to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)

Statement on LGBT Harassment and Political Prisoners in Belarus

As delivered by Ambassador Ian Kelly
to the Permanent Council, Vienna
February 14, 2013

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

The Belarusian MFA issued a report last week critical of the human rights performance of 25 countries, including the United States. The delegation of Belarus cited this report at the last meeting of the Permanent Council. The United States welcomes dialogue with other countries and non-governmental organizations regarding the human rights situation in the United States. We urge Belarusian authorities to engage, as well, in a dialogue about human rights within Belarus.

In this context, the United States expresses its deep concern regarding recent incidents in Belarus involving official harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.

At least four times this year, police have raided clubs frequented by members of the LGBT community in Belarus and briefly detained dozens in Minsk and Vitebsk, most recently on February 8. During one of the raids, police reportedly told the detainees that they were connected with inappropriate activities of the human rights NGO GayBelarus. GayBelarus has been unable to register legally and, following its second attempt to do so in January, police questioned over 60 members of the NGO regarding their activities.

Members of the LGBT community are not alone in facing harassment and intimidation in Belarus. Malady Front activist Uladzimir Yaromenak was sentenced to 12 days in jail on January 24 for violating the conditions of his August 2011 pardon from prison. He originally received a three-year sentence following the December 2010 crackdown.

Political activists and journalists are limited in their freedom of movement. Iryna Khalip reports that local police have told her that, as part of her suspended sentence, she cannot travel freely. Khalip, the wife of former political prisoner Andrei Sannikov who is in exile, is also subject to a curfew.

We welcome the February 9 release of political prisoner Vasil Parfyankou, and we take this opportunity to reiterate our call on the Government of Belarus to honor its OSCE commitments, immediately and unconditionally release all political prisoners, and ensure their full rehabilitation. Respect for democracy and human rights in Belarus remains central to overcoming the countrys international isolation and is essential to the progress of the country and welfare of its citizens.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

Russian (Google Translation)

Геи в Беларуси лице репрессий за активность

(Фото:. APSiarhei Androsenka, центральный защитник, 24-летний лидер GayBelarus, встречается со своими друзьями у себя дома в Минске, Беларусь Гей-активисты по всей Беларуси вышли из тени и пытались зарегистрировать свои права организации, но их усилия, чтобы пойти правовых были встречены волной репрессий.)

Полиция в Беларуси собираются после геи, набеги свои клубы и блокирования клабберов ночи, и, призвав гей-активистов для допроса.

Один из активистов обвиняют полицию в избиении его во время допроса, а другие говорят, что они были допрошены об их сексуальной жизни. Лидер гей-организации по защите прав его лишили паспорта непосредственно перед запланированной поездкой в ​​Соединенные Штаты.

То есть реакция правительства на решение гей-активистов по всей стране, чтобы попробовать в январе юридически зарегистрировать свои права организации, GayBelarus. Она ознаменовала более решительные попытки выйти из тени после того, как ударил вниз, со стороны властей.

Президент Беларуси Александр Лукашенко, который однажды сказал: лучше быть диктатором, чем геев, уже давно порочат гомосексуалистов в бывшем Советском республики. Как он счетчиков недовольство белорусов, которые хотят видеть демократических реформ и более европейски ориентированных общества, Лукашенко изображали геев в качестве агентов загнивающего Запада. Гей-активисты прав являются частью более широкой оппозиции к Лукашенко, который правит 10 миллионов жителей страны с железной рукой в ​​течение последних 18 лет, заслужив прозвище последний диктатор Европы на Западе.

Аналогичная динамика на работу в Россию, где гей-активистов в области прав присоединились к марши протеста против президента Владимира Путина. Такие общественные акции прав геев будет незаконным, если законодательство сейчас работает свой путь через парламент России становится законом.

Гомосексуализм был официально декриминализированы в России и Беларуси с распадом Советского Союза в 1991 году, но анти-гей настроения по-прежнему кипят в обеих славянских стран. В 21-м веке в центре Европы, мы вынуждены, чтобы доказать правительству, что гомосексуализм это не болезнь, а не преступление, сказала Анастасия Senyuhovich, гей-активиста в Беларуси.

Она и около 70 других членов GayBelarus подписал документы, необходимые для официального создания организации и представил их в Министерство юстиции в январе. Они не придется долго ждать ответа.

Три дня спустя, полиция ворвалась в гей-клубе ночью в городе Витебске и приказал всем встать к стене. С прокатки видеокамеры, клуб покровителей было заявить свое имя, место работы и сексуальной ориентации, в соответствии с Siarhey Androsenka, 24-летний лидер GayBelarus, который был в клубе в то время.

Это было больше похоже на спецоперацию против преступников, Androsenka сказал. Конечно, эта акция была предназначена для устрашения и запугивания тех, кто осмелился заявить о своей гомосексуальности публично в Беларуси.

Три аналогичных рейдов были проведены в гей-клубы в Минске, столице. Самый последний рейд состоялся в прошлую субботу, когда семь патронов клуба были доставлены в отделение милиции и продержали всю ночь, Androsenka сказал. Он сказал, что полиция сказала ему, что рейды связаны с деятельностью GayBelarus.

Отдельно более 60 учредителей GayBelarus был вызван на допрос в полицию в Минске и семи других городах. Во время допроса в полиции большинство вопросов было о моей личной жизни: как я стал геем, сколько партнеров у меня, какую роль я предпочитаю для секса, где я познакомился со своей партнеров, сказал Артем Иванов, 21-летний старые сварщик из Бреста. Он сказал, что полиция пригрозила сообщить своим работодателям.

Один активист сказал, что полиция вытащили его из больницы, где он проходил лечение и доставили его в полицейский участок, где он был избит. Они ударил меня в живот колени, а когда я упал, они начали бить меня по голове, сказал Игорь Tsikchanyuk, который живет в городе Гродно. Он сказал, что они назвали его уничижительные имена и прошел информации, хранящейся на свой мобильный телефон.

Полиция отказалась комментировать допрос гей-активистов, равно как и Министерство юстиции. Репрессии вызвали панику среди геев в Беларуси. Многие очистке своих счетов на сайтах социальных сетей, удалять фотографии и любые ссылки на гей-культуры.

Мы устали бояться и больше думают об эмиграции в качестве последнего средства, сказал 23-летний дизайнер Ирина Жебрак, держа за руку своего партнера, 24-летняя Карина Трус. Женщины, которые были вместе в течение 1 лет, сказал, что они планировали поехать в Европу, чтобы выйти замуж, но они надеялись быть в состоянии построить совместную жизнь в Беларуси.

Мы хотим, социальных изменений, интеграции с Европой, Трус сказал. В сегодняшней Беларуси, у нас нет будущего. Государство разжигает ненависть к людям, которые имеют нетрадиционную сексуальную ориентацию, которая только усиливает и без того высокий уровень нетерпимости в обществе.

Лукашенко открыто оскорбляют геев, которые он сказал, должны быть отправлены в колхозы для выполнения общественных работ. После встречи в 2011 году с министром иностранных дел Германии Гидо Вестервелле, который является геем, Лукашенко сделал свое знаменитое заявление сейчас, что лучше быть диктатором, чем геев.

Лукашенко, поклонник Советского Союза, безжалостно подавил инакомыслие и распространил свою власть посредством выборов, которые западные наблюдатели критиковали как недемократические. Соединенные Штаты и Европейский союз ввели экономические и туристические санкции в отношении белорусского правительства над его подавления оппозиции и независимых СМИ.

Любая попытка устроить гей-демонстрации прав человека в Беларуси, как правило, быстро разогнаны полицией. Но в прошлом году активисты удалось избежать полиции аренду трамвай и вождение через Минск украшен флагами радуги и знаков.

Члены GayBelarus провести подземный образовательных семинаров и встреч в малых городах, где геи имеют еще более трудные времена. В Гродно, где Tsikchanyuk утверждает, что он был избит, несколько семинаров запланировано на февраль.

Геи в первый раз получил некоторую надежду, что они могут изменить свое жалкое существование, они пришли к убеждению, что они могут бороться за свои права даже в Беларуси, сказал Androsenka, который привел гей-группы права в течение трех лет. Арендованной квартире, где он живет со своим партнером является штаб-квартирой группы, разбросанные книги, брошюры и радужные флаги.

Androsenka должна была выйти 2 февраля в США для участия в программе для лидеров гражданского общества под эгидой Государственного департамента. Но белорусские пограничники захватили его паспорт в то, что кажется абсурдным предлогом. Androsenka сказал, что они сказали ему его паспорт был указан в качестве потеряно, и что он сам сообщил об этом отсутствует. - Mail.com

Обновление:

Миссия США при Организации по безопасности и сотрудничеству в Европе (ОБСЕ)
Заявление о ЛГБТ Преследование и политических заключенных в Беларуси

Выступление посла Иэна Келли
Постоянного совета ОБСЕ в Вене
14 февраля 2013

Благодарю Вас, господин Председатель.

Белорусский МИД опубликовал доклад, на прошлой неделе критикой соблюдения прав человека в 25 странах, включая Соединенные Штаты. Делегация Беларуси заявили, что этот доклад на последнем заседании Постоянного совета. Соединенные Штаты приветствуют диалог с другими странами и неправительственными организациями в отношении ситуации с правами человека в Соединенных Штатах. Мы призываем белорусские власти занимаются, а также, в диалоге о правах человека в Беларуси.

В этом контексте, Соединенные Штаты выражает свою глубокую озабоченность в связи с недавними инцидентами в Беларуси с участием официальных преследований лесбиянок, геев, бисексуалов и трансгендерных лиц.

По крайней мере четыре раза в этом году, полицейские рейды клубы посещают члены ЛГБТ-сообщества в Беларуси и на короткое время задержаны десятки в Минске и Витебске, в последний раз 8 февраля. Во время одного из рейдов, полиция сказала задержанных, что они были связаны? Неуместно? деятельность в области прав человека НПО GayBelarus. GayBelarus не смогла зарегистрировать юридически, а после ее вторая попытка сделать это в январе, полиция допрашивала более 60 членов неправительственной организации о своей деятельности.

Члены ЛГБТ-сообщества не одиноки перед лицом преследования и запугивания в Беларуси. Молодого фронта активиста Владимира Yaromenak был приговорен к 12 дням тюремного заключения 24 января за нарушение условий своего августе 2011 помиловании из тюрьмы. Первоначально он был приговорен к трем годам лишения свободы после в декабре 2010 репрессий.

Политические активисты и журналисты ограничены в своей свободе передвижения. Ирина Халип сообщает, что местная полиция сказала ей, что, как часть ее условное наказание, она не может свободно передвигаться. Халип, жена бывшего политзаключенного Андрея Санникова, который находится в изгнании, также является предметом комендантский час.

Мы приветствуем 9 февраля освобождение политических заключенных Василий Парфенков;, и мы пользуемся этой возможностью, чтобы вновь призываем правительство Беларуси выполнять свои обязательства в рамках ОБСЕ, немедленно и безоговорочно освободить всех политических заключенных, и обеспечить их полную реабилитацию. Уважение к демократии и правах человека в Беларуси остается центральным для преодоления страной? С международной изоляции и имеет важное значение для развития страны и благосостояния ее граждан.

Благодарю Вас, господин Председатель.

Third detention in anti-gay Uganda crackdown

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Police in Uganda have detained a third youth worker on homosexuality charges,  continuing their crackdown on the Youth on Rock Foundation (YRF), which runs anti-AIDS programs for LGBT youth.

Martin (Morgan) Kanyike, executive director of the foundation, was detained Tuesday, Jan. 29, on accusations of homosexuality and recruiting people into homosexuality.  He was put into a cell for about two hours, then was released on police bond, he said. His understanding was that he had been arrested, but that’s not entirely clear. He was not required to provide money in exchange for his release, Kanyike said.

His detention followed the arrest on Dec. 31 of Joseph Kawesi, co-founder of the foundation, and the arrest of Kabuye Najibu, the organization’s finance manager, on Jan. 2. Both were released after intervention by human rights defenders from Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) and  the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP).

Kanyike…

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Anti-gay mob beat 7 men; probe faults Nigerian response

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The article “Anti-gay mob beat 7 men; probe faults Nigerian response” about the Jan. 12 attack in Nigeria has been removed from this blog, at least temporarily.

The article was based on an unfinished, draft version of a report prepared by investigators from the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) and the Improved Youth Health Initiative, an LGBTQ organisation working in Eastern Nigeria. The IGLHRC said that release of the draft report was premature.

Watch for renewed coverage of the incident when the report is finished.

Three men stripped and beaten for having gay sex in Nigeria

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Protests: Anti-gay bill violates Russian traditions of love, respect

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Love, family and respect for human dignity are Russian traditions, say opponents of the proposed national censorship bill that would outlaw same-sex kisses and  discussions of homosexuality in public where children might be present.

That was the theme of two protests this week against the “homosexual propaganda” bill, article 6.13.1, currently scheduled for action in the Russian parliament, or Duma, on Jan. 25.

In one protest, activists used elements of Russian traditional costumes: kerchief, kokoshnik, sarafan, kosovorotka (Russian national shirt) and others as a way to show that slander and discrimination against LGBTs using the rhetoric of traditional values is unacceptable, said Maria Kozlovskaya of the Russian LGBT Network.

In another protest, the LGBT organization Coming Out and Out Loud magazine launched a photo campaign against the bill, inviting people to send in photos opposing homophobia.  People who took part included war veterans, people of faith, a psychologist, a teacher…

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Report: 3 gay men stripped, beaten by Nigerian mob

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Report: Three Nigerian men accused of homosexuality, seized, stripped, beaten by mob — now missing.

A mob reportedly seized, stripped and beat three accused homosexuals in northern Nigeria on Jan. 14. Their current condition and whereabouts are unknown.

“Only the perpetrators and the community can tell the whole world what has become of these men who were seriously beaten up, stripped naked and paraded around the community bounded together like animals on allegation that they were caught having sex together,” said Steve Aborisade, coordinator of the AIDS-fighting group NigeriaHIVinfo.

The group urged the governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha, to intervene to rescue the men.

Aborisade said NigeriaHIVinfo “reliably confirmed and authenticated the incident and of the identity of one of the men,” CKN Nigeria reported. He said:

“While acknowledging that several Nigerians find the practice of homosexuality strange and unnatural, we also realize that it does not confer…

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Jamaica might get anti-discrimination law

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Mark Golding, Jamaica’s Minister of Justice, today hinted that general anti-discrimination legislation may soon be introduced.

His comments came in response to a critical report by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, which addressed human rights abuses against LGBTs in Jamaica.

The Civil Service Staff Orders of 2004 (which have the force of law) already protect Jamaican civil servants from discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.

A general anti-discrimination law would simply extend this protection to all Jamaicans.

However, there will likely be strong opposition from the powerful and influential religious fundamentalists who effectively blocked broad anti-discrimination language from being included in the 2011 revision to Jamaica’s Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms.

Golding did not address the country’s buggery laws, which provide for prison sentences of up to 10 years for male homosexual activity.

For more information, see the article “Specific laws needed to target discrimination – Golding”

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Gay rights group seeks change in Sierra Leone

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An article from Voice of America focuses on a newly formed gay rights organization in Sierra Leone, where male-male sexual activity is punishable by a life sentence. Excerpts appear below:

Opposition to homosexuality remains strong in most of Africa. Many people have been beaten or killed because of their sexual orientation. But an LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) group in Sierra Leone is pushing for more awareness and protection of LGBT rights.

By Nina DeVries

Life for George Freeman has not been easy.

He says he always had feelings for men but it took him years to admit he was gay, even to himself, because homosexuality in the West African nation of Sierra Leone is illegal.

During Freeman’s teenage years people made fun of him because he never had a girlfriend and they suspected he was gay.

“It was really horrible for me, I suffered a lot of violence…

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Arrest of LGBTI leader in Uganda

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Uganda police have arrested LGBTI leader Joseph Kawesi on charges of homosexual activity and “recruiting youth into homosexuality,” gay rights activists say.

Kawesi is founder of the LGBTI group Youth on Rock Foundation.

His lawyers are seeking his release on bail, Identity Kenya reported.

Under current Ugandan law, sexual intercourse (“carnal knowledge”) between two men or two women is  punishable by a life sentence.  Other “indecent practices” are punishable by prison sentences of up to seven years.

There is no Ugandan law against “recruiting youth into homosexuality,” though that provision would be added if Uganda’s proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill is enacted. That bill, nicknamed the “Kill the Gays” bill, was loudly debated but never voted on in 2009 and 2012.

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Violence, arrests greet protest against Russian anti-gay bill

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Gay rights activists in Moscow were pelted with eggs today by supporters of a proposed Russian law against discussions of homosexuality in the presence of minors.

Police made several arrests.

The proposal is scheduled for consideration next month in the lower house of the Russian parliament, the Duma.  Laws against “gay propaganda” are on the books in Saint Petersburg, Ryazan, Arkangelsk Kostroma, Magadansk, Samar, Bashkortostan, Krasnodar and Novosibirsk.

Nikolai Alekseev of Gay Russia told Gay Star News:

There was about 15 people there. They were picketing the entrance to the Duma with placards and they decided to make this kissing protest in front of the entrance. There were about four or five couples, male and female, kissing. Then this radical Orthodox activist attacked them physically and with eggs.

Activists reported that protests against the bill were also held today in Saint Petersburg, Tomsk, Samara and Arkhangelsk.

One activist said…

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Over a million speak out against Uganda’s anti-gay bill

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More than a million people have registered their opposition to Uganda’s  Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which the speaker of the Ugandan parliament has promised will be passed before Christmas.

Here is a listing of some of the many appeals to Ugandan government officials to block passage of the bill, which earned the nickname “Kill the Gays Bill” because it provided the death penalty for repeat offenders. That provision may or may not have been removed from the bill, which is awaiting action by the Ugandan parliament.

  • In a meeting last weekend with Ugandan leaders, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson expressed “strong opposition” to the bill to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, as well as “to the parliament and to key decision makers in Uganda,” according to a State Department spokeswoman.

  • The Ugandan activist group Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) called the bill “draconian” and highlighted these provisions:
    • “Any person…

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Twelve men to be mutilated and executed by Libyan militia for allegedly being gay – 261112 2130z

Twelve men to be executed by Libyan militia for allegedly being gay

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“An extremist Salafist militia in Libya captured twelve men promising to mutilate and kill them for allegedly being gay
25 November 2012 | By Dan Littauer

(Photo: gaystarnews.com)
Twelve men to be mutilated and executed by Libyan militia for allegedly being gay

Twelve men face mutilation and execution for allegedly being gay after being captured by an extremist Libyan Islamist militia.

The twelve men were, apparently, having a private party in Ain Zara, a suburb of Tripoli, the country’s capital, when the militia captured them, late on Thursday night (22 November).

The group boasted by posting the pictures of the men on Facebook, describing them as the ‘third sex’ (a term used in the Arab Gulf area to denote ‘queers’) including one of the men who had a henna ‘tattoo’ on his back.

One of the pictures was accompanied by the Quranic call ‘there is no power but the power of Allah!’

At the time of writing, the picture of the men received 121 likes, 118 shares, and mainly violent comments such as ‘flog them hard!’, ‘let them see bullets!’, ‘free Libya! [ie from gays]’, ‘ride them like camels’ and so on.

Human Rights Watch Libya left a comment saying the organization hopes the men will not be treated inhumanely and called upon the militia to hand the men to the civil authorities (the comment received no likes).

The militia Facebook page entitled as the ‘special deterrence unit’ boasted that the men were captured doing the ‘practices of the people of Lot’ (ie gay sex) and that they are to be mutilated and executed.

The militia also claim they have now become a legal part of the Libyan Ministry of Interior.

The group states its mission is to remove ‘corruption’, ‘vice’, alcoholic drinks and now gays from the streets of Libya.

Human Rights Watch Libya identified the group as the Al-Nawasi militia, who are considered to be extreme Salafists

The militia has been previously been reported as being responsible for attacks against Sufi (moderate form of Islam) shrines and followers.

Gay Star News has, so far, not been able to independently verify the reports.

Speaking with Gay Star News, a Libyan LGBT activist nicknamed Khaleed stated: ‘We never had any gay nightclubs in Libya, so it is not uncommon for Libyans – straight, bisexual and gay men to party in a private space, drink, dance, have fun and sometimes even have sex.

‘That fact that they were captured by this extreme Salafist militia is very worrying.

‘The situation for LGBT people after the revolution generally improved, people can meet each other more easily than under the Qadaffi [Gadaffi] regime, although, of course we still have to be very discreet and careful.

‘Many of us fear that some of the militias [there are over 250 of them in the country], which are extreme Islamists who are very well armed and financed, will focus on the LGBT community and hunt us down.

‘The police is largely absent or powerless so Libyan civil society has a real problem; the militias often take the law onto their own hands.

‘That the Al Nawasi militia claims they are now part of the Ministry of Interior is very worrying; this move should be unacceptable to the public and to civil society groups.’ ”

Arabic:

اثني عشر رجلا ليتم تنفيذها من قبل الميليشيات الليبية لكونه مثلي الجنس يزعم
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“القبض على ميليشيا السلفية المتطرفة في ليبيا اثني عشر رجلا واعدة للتشويه والقتل منهم لكونه مثلي الجنس يزعم
25 نوفمبر 2012 | بقلم دان Littauer

(تصوير: gaystarnews.com)
اثني عشر رجلا وجدت مشوهة والتي تنفذها الميليشيات الليبية لكونه مثلي الجنس يزعم

يواجه اثني عشر رجلا تشويه والتنفيذ لكونه مثلي الجنس يزعم بعد اعتقاله من قبل ميليشيا اسلامية متطرفة الليبية.

وكان الرجال الاثني عشر، على ما يبدو، وجود حفلة خاصة في عين زارة، إحدى ضواحي طرابلس، عاصمة البلاد، عندما استولت عليها الميليشيات، في وقت متأخر مساء الخميس (22 نوفمبر).

تفاخر المجموعة عن طريق نشر الصور من الرجال في الفيسبوك، واصفا إياها ب “الجنس الثالث” (وهو مصطلح يستخدم في منطقة الخليج العربي للدلالة على ‘الشواذ’) بما في ذلك واحد من الرجال الذين لديهم ‘الوشم’ من الحناء على بلده العودة.

ورافق واحدة من الصور عن طريق الدعوة القرآنية ‘هناك ولا قوة الا قوة الله!’

في وقت كتابة هذا التقرير، تلقى صورة للرجال 121 من الأشخاص، سهم 118، وتعليقات عنيفة بشكل رئيسي مثل “جلد لهم الثابت! ‘،’ السماح لهم برؤية الرصاص! ‘،’ تحرير ليبيا! [أي من مثليون جنسيا] ‘،’ مطية لهم مثل ‘الجمال وهلم جرا.

حقوق الإنسان ترك ووتش ليبيا تعليقا قائلا ان المنظمة تأمل لن يعامل الرجال لا إنسانية، ودعا الميليشيات لتسليم الرجال إلى السلطات المدنية (التعليق تتلق أي يحب).

تفاخر صفحة الفيسبوك بعنوان ميليشيا باسم “وحدة الردع الخاصة” أن الرجال تم القبض العمل “ممارسات قوم لوط” و(أي الجنس مثلي الجنس) والتي أريد لها أن تكون مشوهة وتنفيذها.

ميليشيا تدعي أيضا أنها أصبحت الآن جزءا القانونية في وزارة الداخلية الليبية.

مجموعة الدول مهمتها هي إزالة ‘الفساد’، ‘نائب’، المشروبات الكحولية ومثليون جنسيا الآن من شوارع ليبيا.

حقوق الإنسان المحددة ووتش ليبيا للمجموعة كما في ميليشيا آل النواصي، الذين يعتبرون أن تكون السلفيين المتطرفة

وقد سبق للميليشيا أفادت بأنها مسؤولة عن الهجمات ضد الصوفية (نموذج معتدل للإسلام) الأضرحة وأتباعه.

مثلي الجنس ستار نيوز وحتى الآن، لم تتمكن من التحقق بشكل مستقل من هذه التقارير.

تحدث مع ستار نيوز جنسيا، وهو ناشط ليبي الملقب LGBT Khaleed قائلا: “لم تكن لدينا أي مثلي الجنس النوادي الليلية في ليبيا، لذلك ليس من غير المألوف لليبيين – الرجال على التوالي، والمخنثين ومثلي الجنس لحزب في مساحة خاصة والشراب والرقص ويكون متعة وأحيانا حتى ممارسة الجنس.

“هذه الحقيقة التي تم القبض عليهم من قبل هذه الميليشيات السلفية المتطرفة هو مقلق للغاية.

‘الحالة للأشخاص المثليين بعد الثورة تحسنت عموما، يمكن للناس قاء بعضهم البعض بسهولة أكثر من نظام القذافي تحت [القذافي]، على الرغم من وبطبيعة الحال ما زال علينا أن يكون حذرا جدا ودقيق.

“الكثير منا يخشى أن بعض الميليشيات [هناك أكثر من 250 منهم في البلاد]، والتي هي الإسلاميين المتطرفين الذين هم بشكل جيد للغاية المسلحة وتمويلها، وسوف تركز على المجتمع LGBT ومطاردة لنا باستمرار.

“الشرطة غائبة إلى حد كبير أو عاجزة حتى المجتمع المدني الليبي لديه مشكلة حقيقية، وغالبا ما تأخذ الميليشيات على القانون بأيديهم.

“أن الميليشيا النواصي شركة تدعي أنها هي الآن جزء من وزارة الداخلية مثير للقلق للغاية، وهذا التحرك ينبغي أن تكون غير مقبولة للجمهور ومنظمات المجتمع المدني”.

Cameroon police arrest man seized by anti-gay mob

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Police in the Cameroonian coastal city of Limbe on Oct. 29 arrested a man on homosexuality charges after a mob seized him and delivered him to the police station.

Cornelius Fonya pleaded not guilty to the charges in a hearing on Nov. 7. His request for release on bail was denied. A hearing in his case is scheduled for Dec. 19.

Human rights lawyer Walter M. Atoh Tchemi, who is representing Fonya, said his client was arrested on the basis of the mob’s accusation, which in turn was based on accusations by two men who said Fonya had made advances toward them.

Fonya is accused of being caught in the act of homosexual sex, but Atoh said his client was not caught in the act of having sex with anyone.

Under Cameroonian law, homosexual activity is punishable by prison sentences of up to five years.

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UK Government Calls Gay ‘Cure’ Therapy Harmful

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Moratorium on gay arrests in Malawi

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The justice minister in Malawi has called for a moratorium on arrests and prosecutions under laws that ban homosexual activity.

“If we continue arresting and prosecuting people based on the said laws and later such laws are found to be unconstitutional it would be an embarrassment to government,” Justice Minister Ralph Kasambara told Reuters. “It is better to let one criminal get away with it rather than throw a lot of innocent people in jail.”

The move is the latest in a series of actions that have left the status of the Malawi anti-homosexuality laws in doubt. Shortly after Joyce Banda became Malawi’s president earlier this year, she announced that she would seek the repeal of those laws, but recently she commented that the parliament was not ready for that change.

According to press reports, LGBT people in Malawi have not been arrested recently for violating the anti-homosexuality law. The…

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Malawi is homophobic, but is learning about gays

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Malawi President Joyce Banda says her country is not yet ready to repeal its laws against homosexual activity, but nevertheless many Malawi citizens have at least been trying to inform themselves about the lives of sexual minorities. That’s apparent from the recent series of articles published in the Malawian newspaper The Nation.

The reporter, Bright Mhango, wrote the series, despite difficulty finding lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Malawi who would speak to him. In part, at least, that’s because LGBT people in Malawi are stigmatized, and the law provides for prison sentences of up to 14 years for same-sex relations.

The introductory article in the series, “Being gay in Malawi,” contrasted stereotypes of homosexuals with the reality of one gay man who called himself Fortune Banduka:

Fortune, 32, is not the gay type you have in mind. His ears are not pierced, he is not dressed in…

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U.S. media ignore French plea to U.N. to make gay sex legal

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In a speech to the United Nations yesterday, French President François Hollande urged the repeal of all laws against homosexuality worldwide, such as those currently in effect in 76-plus countries.

That news went unreported in the New York Times, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times.

To read about it, you’d have to turn to online publications such as:

Hollande told the U.N.:

“France will continue to conduct all these struggles: for the abolition of the death penalty, for women’s rights to equality and dignity, for the universal decriminalization of homosexuality, which should not be recognised as a crime but, on the contrary, recognized as a…

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In his cell in Cameroon, awaiting trial for homosexuality

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Arrested in June, locked up in July, Samuel Gervais Akam remains in a cell in Cameroon’s overcrowded New Bell prison, awaiting trial on charges of homosexuality.

His story, told by sources close to Akam, is an ambiguous and complex tale about a married middle-aged pastry chef whose dispute with an 18-year-old boy about money and sex landed him in prison.

It started June 24 when the two met after nearly three months of dialogue on Gayromeo, a gay dating site that is popular with gay men in Cameroon. The rendezvous was between Akam, 42, of Douala, and Arold, 18, a vendor in the nearby Deido area.

When they met, everything seemed fine and Arold agreed to sex. Afterwards, when the time came to part, Akam gave Arold 2,000 FCFA (about $4) for transportation.

Arold said that was too little. Instead, he asked for 50,000 FCFA (about $100). Annoyed, Akam agreed…

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