|Jean Claude Roger Mbede with Alice N'kom|
Seven jailed gay men in Cameroon have issued a New Year's message thanking all those who have supported them.
As well, Cameroonian activists have shared a photo of one of those jailed with the lawyer and activist Alice N'Kom.
The message reads:
"Although you’ve accompanied us with a lot of sadness, you’ve especially shown us a lot of kindness, love and determination throughout this year. We exhort you to never give up in to the discouragement and to never weaken in your mobilization for us and for the LGBT cause. Because your support represents for LGBT in Cameroon in general and specially for us who are in prison… the HOPE. The HOPE to be one day, released from the PRISON in which we’ve been thrown, but also the HOPE that one day, LGBT people can walk quite freely in Cameroon, without any humiliation.On behalf of:
We wish you, from the bottom of our heart, to be of happy, healthy and that the coming year be full of promises and success.
Happy New Year".
- Jean Claude Roger Mbede
- Singha Jonas,
- Ndome Ndome Frankie,
- Ombwa Joseph Magloire,
- Tiomela Lontsie Emma,
- Ntamack Nicolas,
- Ntsama Séraphin.
At least 10 men have been arrested and imprisoned for homosexuality in Cameroon so far this year, not only for what they allegedly did, but for who they are, or even appeared to be.
In November, ADEFHO and other groups announced that there is a government-organized campaign run by youth brigades to entrap gay men on the Internet.