Africa / Commentary

’74 countries to go’ — battle cry in fight for LGBTI justice

A celebration of  yesterday’s repeal of the anti-gay law in Seychelles. Thanks to Mathias Wasik, senior campaigns manager at AllOut, for the celebratory photo. By some accounts, the Seychelles action dropped the total number of countries with anti-LGBT laws to 74 from 75 worldwide. For more information, see this blog’s articles: “Tiny African victory: Seychelles … Continue reading

Africa / Commentary

Call to action for Tunisia — petitions backing LGBT rights

Shams, the Tunisian LGBT rights group, is seeking support from the international community. Two petitions allow you to provide that support. The first petition below is translated here from the French; it can be signed online on the French or Arabic-language site It was originally published in May 2015, but its importance is greater now, … Continue reading


Activists failed Roger Mbede; who killed him?

Reporter Robbie Corey-Boulet conducted an in-depth investigation into the death of Roger Mbede, a former Amnesty International prisoner of conscience who was imprisoned in 2011 in anti-gay Cameroon for amorous text messages, was released from prison in 2012 in poor health, and died last year under suspicious circumstances at his family’s home. These are excerpts … Continue reading


Online petition opposes Nigerian anti-gay bill

The online activist group has launched a petition drive in opposition to the latest action in the Nigerian legislature to pass a broad-ranging anti-homosexuality bill. The petition asks the Nigerian president to veto the bill, if it is approved. The petition is here: Related articles Harsh new anti-gay moves in Nigeria, Uganda ( … Continue reading


Pressure grows on Cameroon to drop anti-gay law

Cameroon faces growing international pressure to end its repression of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.  The pressure is coming from the United States, the European Union, and from international human rights organizations. The United States ambassador to Cameroon, Robert P. Jackson, said: [Gays and lesbians] are human beings, and I refer to this issue … Continue reading


Seeking support for plea to Cameroon to stop jailing gays

Several activist groups in Cameroon are preparing an open letter to the President of Cameroon, Paul Biya, urging him to suspend enforcement of the Cameroonian law against homosexuality and to release seven people who are in prison because of it. Support is welcome from other organizations outside Cameroon that promote human rights and/or are fighting … Continue reading


‘Gay Hate Day’ fizzles in Cameroon and worldwide

Aug. 21 came and went without any sign of the large protests against homosexuality that were  announced in June and widely denounced since then. That day was supposed to be “International Day Against Homosexuality,” nicknamed “Gay Hate Day” by its opponents. The anti-homosexuality protest was proposed by the Movement of Young Cameroonians, or RJC, which … Continue reading