Three Lesbians on Trial in Cameroon First

By Diane Anderson-Minshall

Originally published on Advocate.com February 25 2012 1:40 PM ET

After reports of arrests of 10 women in Cameroon earlier this week, three lesbians in an alleged love triangle in a different region of the country have been charged with "practicing homosexuality," a cording to a new report from BBC. The BBC's Randy Joe Sa'ah reported that this case is the first that involves women charged with homosexual acts to come to trial in Cameroon, and if found guilty each woman faces up to five years in prison.

Apparently the case involves a lesbian couple in which one woman accused the other of having an affair with a third woman who is married to a man. After their fight, someone informed that husband who, according to BBC, then reported the women, including his wife, to the police. The BBC's Roger Takala was in the courtroom last week in a town near the border with Equatorial Guinea and he reported that "crowds packed into the court to hear the charges against the women."

In an area beset by concerns for the welfare of LGBT people, international rights watchers will be tuning in to see how the women are treated while on trial. The case has reportedly been adjourned until early March.