Jonas is 19 years old. Francky is 20. And a judge in Cameroon just sentenced them both to 5 years in prison for being gay.
several laws that criminalize homosexuality -- at least 10 people have
been arrested this year alone. Last July, Jonas and Francky were
arrested outside a club on suspicion of violating these discriminatory
against gay people in Cameroon has skyrocketed to unprecedented levels:
the situation is quickly becoming a crisis," says human rights attorney
Alice Nkom. “The president of Cameroon can put a stop to this and, if he
feels enough pressure, he will do so."
The good news is
that Cameroonian leaders have been responsive to pressure in cases like
Jonas and Francky's. Indeed, pressure from local activists has already
helped to free 3 of those 10 individuals who were arrested, and this
past May, global pressure on the president of Malawi compelled him to
release a gay couple who had been jailed after they got married.
If President Biya feels international pressure to release Jonas and Francky, he will do so, but time is of the essence. Please
sign Stephane's petition right now demanding that President Biya free
two men sentenced to 5 years in prison for being gay: