Asylum seeker persecuted by ‘anti-gay mobs’ faces deportation to Cameroon

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A 28-year-old gay man is facing deportation to Cameroon from Britain.

Campaign group Movement for Justice (MFJ) said Isadore Rodrigue Kanko Signe suffered years of persecution by the authorities and “anti-gay mobs” because of his sexual orientation in Cameroon.

It’s claimed Mr Signe suffered anti-gay abuse and physical attacks when he was in his teens – apparently accused of “walking like a lady”.

MFJ said in 2006, Mr Signe was attacked after he was seen kissing his boyfriend in a car.

He was caught and spent a year in prison, where it’s claimed he was beaten and tortured by guards and by other prisoners.

Mr Signe fled to Britain in March 2013. His previous relationship with a male businessman in Cameroon was exposed in 2010.

He was arrested in March this year, following an immigration raid.

Mr Signe has since been detained at the Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre.

Cameroon is known for its harsh anti-gay laws and levels of homophobic violence.

Eric Lembembe, a prominent LGBT rights campaigner, was murdered in Cameroon last July,

Under section 347 of the penal code, those found guilty of same-sex sexual acts in Cameroon face up to five years imprisonment.

Human rights groups, MPs and lawyers have frequently documented alleged cases of the Home Office deporting LGBT asylum seekers back to countries such as Uganda where they face violence.

The claims have always been denied by the Home Office.

PinkNews has contacted the Home Office for a responce.