These (homophobic) leaders give cover to violence already happening and give official support to the violence. They create an atmosphere of impunity.
In the context of war, especially a chaotic war, there is the inevitable targeting of marginal groups. There is a free-roaming sense of violence and a mob mentality.
By denying these groups a voice in the U.N.'s human rights processes, the government has effectively denied a place for LGBT people globally.
Consultative status is the required means to have a voice in the human rights processes of the U.N., so the government's vote effectively has denied a place for LGBT people globally.
The great news is that two of the men have been released. The troublesome news is that a climate of public homophobia has emerged in Cameroon that causes great concern about the fate of the remaining detainees.
The U.S. government is doing nothing to ensure that any attention is being paid to the spread of the epidemic among men who have sex with men and women who have sex with women, particularly in Africa. This negligence could sabotage the entire HIV prevention effort overseas.