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CAMEROON

Male to Male relationships: Not Legal
Punishments for male to male relationships: Imprisonment of less than 10 years
Female to Female Relationships: Not Legal
Marriage and Substitutes for Marriage: No law

Your Views

Are you LGBTI? We want to hear from you! Help us inform other users of the site with your views on this country. Below is a random question about this country. If it is relevant to you please answer it.

Have you changed government documents in CAMEROON concerning your gender identity? How easy was the process?

The majority of people visiting this site have said I could change official documents easily

I could change official documents easily (50%) I changed official documents, but with much stress (0 %) I could not change my official documents (0 %) I have not tried to change official documents (50%)

The CAMEROON country survey is populated by LGBTI groups who have acted as liaisons with ILGA to identify issues affecting the LGBTI community.

Organizations were asked to discuss 4 broad subjects: the law, the mood (the social climate), the LGBTI movement as well as what would be, according to them, the most pressing campaign in their country.

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MOVEMENT
How structured and active is the LGBTI movement in your country?
How structured and active is the LGBTI movement in your country?
CAMFAIDS - For now, the LGBTI movement in Cameroon only in terms of mobilization and structuring of organizations. Actions are born to create a network of LGBTI organizations to become stronger and stronger in order to speak with one voice to national and international bodies.
How many groups operate?
In Yaoundé, we have four associations MSM:
- Affirmative Action
- Cameroonian Foundation for AIDS (CAMFAIDS)
- Cameroon and Humanity First
- Action for the growth and development of vulnerable people (ADEPEV)
In Douala, there is:
- Cameroon Alternatives
- ADHEFO
- SID’ADO
How long have they existed?
Affirmative Action (2008); CAMFAIDS (2010); First Humanity Cameroon (2010); ADEPEV (2009), Alternatives Cameroon (2006); ADHEFO (2006); SID'ADO (2010).
How do they interact with the LGBTI community?
CAMFAIDS - They work through awareness campaigns for access to health care for LGBTI people through prevention and treatment against STI / HIV / AIDS. They inform the target audience of cases of human rights violations including arbitrary arrests of LGBTI. They also educate LGBTI community on their rights.
How do they interact with other civil movements?
CAMFAIDS - With other associations, they participate in the reporting of incidents of human rights violations including arbitrary arrests of LGBTI. They are also involved in advocacy / lobbying for the decriminalization of homosexuality in Cameroon and for the recognition of LGBTI in national policies of fight against HIV / AIDS. Finally, they lead all the concrete actions against stigma and discrimination of vulnerable or at risk.
How do they interact with the media?
CAMFAIDS - With limited resources, they have little communication plans. Thus, they may from time to time, when the opportunity arises (if relevant) issue a press release or information through Internet, and participate in debates on radio and television. Other activities focused on capacity building of media on the cause LGBTI.
How do they interact with the government?
CAMFAIDS - Through advocacy and lobbying, organisations claim the rights and agreements signed by Cameroon on the international level, as these are legally binding as laws. Mediation meetings with members of government are also held.
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