April 8, 2017
Cameroon lawyer Michel Togué has received multiple death threats for defending clients charged with homosexuality, Human Rights Watch reports.
“We know that your wife is now shopping in the mall,” read one anonymous threat. “We know your children are now standing in front of their school. They will die if you don’t stop.”
Consensual same-sex conduct is criminalized under Cameroon law with a maximum prison sentence of five years.
The president of Cameroon’s Lawyer’s Association reportedly told Togué, “Stop defending the LGBT community and you won’t have problems anymore.” Likewise, in response to his request for protection, Cameroonian police reportedly laughed and said, “Don’t defend those faggots.”