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Cut and pasted from the All Out website:
Roger Jean-Claude Mbédé just spent a year in prison in Cameroon. His so-called crime? He sent another man an SMS that said "I'm very much in love w/u." Roger's got a new appeal hearing on Monday, but is facing another 2 years in prison unless we act.
We have just a few days to keep Roger from going back to jail, where he faced abuse from the guards and horrible health conditions. Cameroon's President Paul Biya and the Minister of Justice have the authority to free Roger and end the terrible anti-gay laws that put him away in the first place. The President has been swayed in the past by international pressure, and knows that Cameroon's reputation is at stake.
This problem is bigger than just Roger. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Cameroon major are facing a major crackdown right now – more than 20 people have been arrested in the last year because they're suspected of "homosexual behavior."
We can't let homophobia and prejudice decide Roger's fate. We have just a few days to raise a massive outcry and keep Roger from going back to jail. Will you sign the petition now calling on President Biya and the Minister of Justice to free Roger and end Cameroon's anti-gay laws?
TO: PRESIDENT BIYA AND MINISTER OF JUSTICE LAURENT ESSO
We call on you to free Roger Jean-Claude Mbédé, who was jailed for sending a text message, and to place a moratorium on Cameroon's discriminatory anti-gay laws.
These laws deny basic human rights to many Cameroonians like Roger and create an environment of hostility and fear. End the use of laws that make it a crime to love who you choose and encourage their permanent repeal.
Follow the link to sign the petition:
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3yrs in jail for sending another man an SMS saying "I'm very much in love w/u". Please help #FreeRoger: http://www.allout.org/en/actions/roger