Cameroon: Threat of eviction for being a homosexual

A press release (modestly edited below) from Douala-based Alternatives-Cameroon, which fights against Aids and for recognition of the human rights of LGBTI people: June 6, 2016 Cameroon: Threat of eviction for homosexuality The Real Estate Company of Cameroon [La Société Immobilière du Cameroun] (SIC) has ordered Franz Mananga, executive director of Alternatives Cameroon, to leave its apartments, … Continue reading


Support for imperiled LGBTI activists in Cameroon

The Cameroonian LGBTI rights group Camfaids today vowed its support for  the threatened LGBTI activists of Humanity First Cameroon and urged action to put an end of all violence against human rights defenders. This is the statement from Camfaids (the Cameroonian Foundation for Aids), translated from French: Representatives from LGBTI rights organizations in Yaoundé, Cameroon, … Continue reading

Africa / Faith and religion

Plea to to Pope: Restrain Cameroon’s gay-bashing Catholics

In Cameroon, a recent resurgence of anti-LGBTI rhetoric from the Catholic Church has come in for criticism from the Douala-based advocacy group Alternatives-Cameroon, which fights Aids and supports human rights for sexual minorities.  In this press release, Alternatives-Cameroon asks Pope Francis to intervene: Cameroon: The Catholic Church continues to preach hate Media releases and speeches from … Continue reading

Africa / Commentary

LGBTI activists mourn human rights veteran Joel Nana

Veteran African human rights activist Joël Gustave Nana Ngongang, widely known as Joel Nana, 33, died Oct. 15 after a brief illness. He worked as a human and LGBT rights advocate and as an anti-HIV activist at local, national and international levels.  His main work focused on African countries, including Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa, … Continue reading


Activists demand new probe of Eric Lembembe murder

A year after the murder of journalist/activist Eric Lembembe in Cameroon, human rights activists in Cameroon and abroad are calling for a renewed investigation into his death. Cameroonian authorities’ mishandling of the investigation has been so incompetent and disrespectful that it might lead to new homophobic attacks on innocent LGBT people by those who conclude … Continue reading


Cameroon police arrest LGBT activist, block AIDS clinic

Le communiqué est disponible en français ici. Police in the Deido section of Douala, Cameroon,  arrested the vice president of the anti-AIDS pro-LGBT-rights group Alternatives-Cameroon on Feb. 14 after receiving an accusation that he is a homosexual. The man who was arrested, identified as Dr. Richard [Richard Kwa Bette], remained in detention today, awaiting word … Continue reading


After attacks, LGBTI defenders in Cameroon seek safety

Cameroonian authorities should end their ‘absurd and despicable’ silence, then act to protect local human rights organizations and activists. Douala, Cameroon, July 2, 2013 — At the Access Center of Alternatives-Cameroon, life returns to normal. Gradually. New furniture arrives. New construction is under way. Some employees, though still frightened, go about their business. From time … Continue reading


Arsonists, burglars attack LGBT advocates in Cameroon

Human Rights Watch issued this press release today: Cameroon: Spate of Attacks on Rights Defenders Authorities Should Investigate, Condemn, Prosecute Assaults (Douala, July 1, 2013) – The Cameroonian government should rigorously investigate, denounce, and prosecute suspicious break-ins at three human rights defenders’ offices in June, six Cameroonian and international human rights organizations said today. The … Continue reading


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 for the Defense of Gays and Lesbians (ADEFHO), and the Cameroonian Foundation for AIDS (CAMFAIDS). … Continue reading