2014-01-12

Roger Jean-Claude Mbede, Gay 'prisoner of conscience', dies in Cameroon - SFGate

Gay 'prisoner of conscience' dies in Cameroon - SFGate
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — A gay man in Cameroon who was jailed for sending a text message to another man saying "I'm very much in love with you," and who was later declared a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International, has died, according to a lawyer who worked on his case. Roger Jean-Claude Mbede, 34, died Friday roughly one month after his family removed him from the hospital where he had been seeking treatment for a hernia, lawyer Alice Nkom said. "His family said he was a curse for them and that we should let him die," she said. ...