Cameroon: Free Roger now
UPDATE January 10, 2014 - Sad news: Roger has died in Cameroon. Roger's lawyer and friend, Alice Nkom, has joined with All Out to start a virtual vigil to honour his memory and courage. Read more and add your name here.
Roger was sentenced to 3 years in prison in Cameroon just because he sent another man an SMS that said "I'm very much in love w/u."
Roger still has to serve 2 more years in jail under horrible conditions, but Cameroon's President Biya could free Roger from this sentence and end the anti-gay laws that jailed him in the first place. Biya has made statements that could indicate he's evolving ont his issue and he knows that Cameroon's reputation is at stake.
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Published on September 13, 2013.
To: PRESIDENT BIYA AND MINISTER OF JUSTICE LAURENT ESSOWe call on you to free Roger Jean-Claude Mbédé, who was jailed for sending a text message, and to place a moratorium on Cameroon's discriminatory anti-gay laws.
These laws deny basic human rights to many Cameroonians like Roger and create an environment of hostility and fear. End the use of laws that make it a crime to love who you choose and encourage their permanent repeal.