Cameroon: Gay prisoner’s attorney defies death threats

This is real courage!


Death threats and lack of money have disrupted legal representation for a Cameroonian man sentenced to nine years in prison for homosexuality.

[Click here to contribute to his defense fund.]

In Limbe on the coast of Cameroon, Cornelius Fonya, 35, was convicted in late 2013 of same-sex relations with a young man. In Cameroon, the maximum sentence for same-sex relations between adults is five years, but the maximum sentence is doubled for same-sex relations involving someone between the ages of 16 and 21.

The court concluded that the young man was 16 years old on the basis of a birth certificate that Fonya’s attorney says is fraudulent.

His attorney is Barrister Walter Atoh (whose name in Cameroon is written as  Atoh Walter M. Tchemi),  one of the few lawyers in Cameroon willing to represent LGBTI defendants.

Atoh is appealing the conviction on the basis of procedural irregularities that marred the…

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