Tag Archives: Alice N’Kom

Pleas for justice and health in gay-bashing Cameroon

A team of African and American activists traveled last month to homophobic Cameroon to plead for tolerance, justice and improved health care for LGBT people and others. They raised their voices at a health conference, in prison, at the U.S. … Continue reading

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A visit to prisoners held on ‘suspicion of homosexuality’

In The Nation,  journalist Andy Kopsa reports on her trip last month to Cameroon with an American and African delegation from the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation. Some excerpts: 20+ imprisoned for being gay The daily tally of prisoners … Continue reading

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Cameroon police free accused gay-bashing blackmailer

Police in Cameroon have freed an anti-gay blackmailer, despite testimony from numerous victims that he ambushed, assaulted and threatened them. That is the complaint made today in a public statement by Alternatives-Cameroon, which fights against AIDS and advocates for human … Continue reading

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Brave defenders of LGBT Africans need support

Courageous attorneys who defend victimized LGBT people in Africa deserve our support and our blessings, the Rev. Canon Albert Ogle writes in this column, which originally appeared in the San Diego Gay & Lesbian News.  One way they can be … Continue reading

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Homophobia victim Roger Mbede dies in Cameroon

Roger Jean Claude Mbede, 34, the Cameroonian man who was sentenced to three years in prison for sending an amorous text to a male acquaintance, died today in his home village after running out of money to pay for medical … Continue reading

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Honors for LGBT defender Alice Nkom of Cameroon

The German branch of Amnesty International announced last week that it will award its Human Rights Prize to attorney Alice Nkom of Cameroon, who continues to battle for the rights of LGBT people there. The award will go to her … Continue reading

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Cameroon appeal: Concrete steps to fight anti-gay violence

Cameroon should combat recent outbreaks of anti-gay violence, starting by taking a public stand on the issue during next month’s United Nations review of the country’s human rights record, according to 12 local and international human rights groups who made … Continue reading

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Cameroon: LGBT activists in custody; harassment continues

Police in Cameroon have refused to release two LGBT activists whom they detained on Saturday, July 27, as potential witnesses in the so-far-unsuccessful investigation of the murder of activist journalist Eric Lembembe. Lembembe’s former colleagues reported that Michel Engama, finance … Continue reading

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Autopsy delays slain activist’s funeral; donations still needed

A revived police inquest into the murder of LGBT activist and journalist Eric Ohena Lembembe has delayed the scheduled date for his funeral until early August, his activist colleagues in Cameroon say. Lembembe came from a poor family in Yaoundé, … Continue reading

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Cameroon police can’t be bothered to probe activist’s murder

Police in Cameroon are not bothering to investigate the death of LGBT activist journalist Eric Ohena Lembembe,  according to his activist colleagues and human rights defender Alice Nkom. “Police took no photos, collected no evidence, and there has been no … Continue reading

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