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In the draft law, homosexual acts in general remain punishable by between six months to five years imprisonment, activist Stephane Koche said.
The government reportedly wishes to introduce a couple of new by-laws to specifically punish same-sexpedophilia, making homosexual acts with persons under the age of 16 punishable by 10-15 years in prison.
These recommendations were restated at the UPR held in Geneva in May 2013, and included the protection of lawyers acting on behalf of those charged under 347 bis. Since 2012, the number of lawyers who are willing to defend homosexuality cases has fallen dramatically.
There have been two reported instances of counsel receiving threats of violence for defending presumed homosexuals, and for bringing motions of unconstitutionality against Article 347 bis.
Cameroon is a party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which prohibits arrests on the ground of sexual orientation.
While the provision is said to prosecute “sexual relations with a person of the same sex”, the offence itself is labelled as one of “homosexuality” and carries a maximum sentence of 5 years’ imprisonment and a fine of 200.000 CFA francs (approximately US 0).
According to evidence collected by local associations such as Alternatives-Cameroon, most convictions are not actually supported by evidence of sexual activity.
In its draft law, it has both maintained and worsened punishment for homosexuality,” Alice Nkom, lawyer and president of the Cameroonian Association for the Defence of Homosexuality, said.
“It has widened its jurisdiction and created confusion between homosexuality and paedophilia, which will allow judges to condemn more people more easily,” she said.
In Cameroon, the rate of enforcement of anti-homosexual laws is amongst the highest on the globe.