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‘A new low by Cameroon’s government’

The comments by the official state representative toward the late Eric Lembembe, who is no longer with us to defend himself against such vitriol, represent a new low by Cameroon’s government. – Neela Ghoshal, senior researcher on LGBT rights for … 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 activist tortured, killed; the nation must respond

Human Rights Watch issued this press release today about the murder of LGBT activist and reporter Eric Ohena Lembembe: Cameroon: LGBTI Rights Activist Found Dead, Tortured Authorities Should Investigate Death, Condemn Violence (Nairobi, July 16, 2013) – Cameroonian authorities should … Continue reading

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After death threats, burglars strike Cameroon LGBT defender

Anti-gay hooligans continue to harass Michel Togué, one of the few lawyers in Cameroon who accepts LGBT people as clients. Following death threats that he has received by phone and mail in recent months, his offices were burglarized on June … Continue reading

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Cameroon: Two lesbians sentenced to nine months

“The case of Clarisse Z. and Jeanine N., two young lesbians, each 27 years old, is unlike any of the other cases of homosexuality that I have defended until now.” – Michel Togué, Cameroonian lawyer and human rights defender. A … Continue reading

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Cameroon: Drop charges against 2 transgender youths

A press release signed by Alternatives-Cameroun, ADEFHO, CAMFAIDS, Human Rights Watch, and ILGA: Cameroon: Drop Charges Against 2 Transgender Youth Prosecution Based Solely on Bias, Not Evidence (Yaoundé, May 17, 2013) – The Cameroonian authorities should drop the charges against … Continue reading

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Report: Cameroon jails many LGBTs to settle scores

Most people charged with violating Cameroon’s law against homosexual activity are convicted based on little or no evidence, Human Rights Watch states in a report released today.  The study was prepared in cooperation with Cameroonian  LGBT-rights organizations Alternatives-Cameroun, the Association … Continue reading

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In Cameroon, anti-gay voices grow louder

In Cameroon, the topic of homosexuality is no longer taboo. Both in Yaoundé and Douala, on the street, in taxis, restaurants, bars, offices and markets, on the radio and on television, it is difficult to spend a day or even … Continue reading

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Catholic lawyers push Cameroon to keep anti-gay law

A group of Roman Catholic lawyers in Cameroon gathered last weekend to call for continued enforcement of the country’s law against homosexual acts, which can be punished by prison sentences of up to five years. Africa Review reported: The Association … Continue reading

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Cameroon: Stop death threats to lawyers (video)

“So if you send text messages of love to someone in Cameroon, you get convicted and sentenced to three years in prison. “But if you send text messages that are filled with hate and filled with death threats, no action … Continue reading

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