This week read about two trans women facing homosexuality charges in Cameroon, and Canada's expungement law only clearing nine LGBT records so far.
Cameroon Denies Bail to Trans Women Facing Homosexuality Charges
Two transgender women are facing charges of “attempted homosexuality” in Cameroon. On Wednesday, a judge adjourned their case and sent them back to jail, denying them bail.
According to Reuters, Mildren Loic, a local social media celebrity, and Moute Rolland were arrested for wearing women’s clothes while eating in a restaurant in Douala.
Two days later, they were taken to jail.
Loic and Rolland have pleaded not guilty in the charges of public indecency and not carrying identification.
Human rights activists have reported a series of acts by Cameroonian officials against the LGBT community this year and last, which culminated in the detention of scores of individuals.
Reuters states that Loic and Rolland’s case will be heard April 5, and a guilty verdict can carry up to a five-year sentence.
Canadian Expungement Law Clears Only Nine LGBT Records
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Three years after the Canadian government created a way for people convicted of committing gay acts to have their criminal records wiped clean, only nine people have benefited from it.
According to iPolitics, this represents only 0.1% of the 9,000 people the bill was supposed to help.
Only 40 applications for expungement have been received since June 2018.
The other 31 applications were rejected because the applicants didn’t meet the eligibility criteria of the law, which included applying to have convictions wiped that aren’t included on the expungement list.
The bill was originally created as a part of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s apology to LGBT Canadians.
“This will mean that Canadians previously convicted of consensual sexual activity with same-sex partners will have their criminal records permanently destroyed,” Trudeau said in his apology speech on November 28, 2017, according to iPolitics.