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Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Cameroon (CESCR 25-03-2019)
The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights considered the fourth periodic report of Cameroon (E/C.12/CMR/4) at its sixth and seventh meetings (E/C.12/2019/SR.6 and E/C.12/2019/SR.7), held on 20 and 21 February 2019, and adopted the present concluding observations at its thirtieth meeting, held on 8 March 2019.
C. Principal subjects of concern and recommendations
Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity
- The Committee notes with concern that consensual same-sex relationships are criminalized by article 347-1 of the Criminal Code and that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons are discriminated against in terms of the enjoyment of their economic, social and cultural rights, particularly in the case of their right to health (art. 2).
- The Committee recommends that the State party decriminalize consensual homosexual relations and repeal article 347-1 of the Criminal Code, along with all other legal provisions that are discriminatory with regard to sexual orientation or gender identity. It also recommends that the State party combat discrimination and stigmatization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons by, inter alia, conducting awareness-raising campaigns and that it ensure that no one is discriminated against in terms of the enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights, in particular with regard to access to health services, on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.