Africa

Anti-gay Cameroon resumes arrests; 7 nabbed in raid

Police in Yaoundé arrested seven people on homosexuality-related charges yesterday after a raid on a home where police said they found men engaging in prostitution and homosexual acts. The arrests brought to a close a period of several months during which Cameroon police had not arrested LGBTI people on homosexuality-related changes. This account of the … 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 in Yaoundé Central Prison, on the outskirts of Yaoundé, Cameroon, is on a chalkboard the … Continue reading

Asia / Middle East / North Africa

UN warning to countries that harass human rights activists

As activists from Cameroon prepared to travel to Switzerland to challenge their government’s rejection of proposals to end repression of LGBT people, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a warning to governments not to harass people who take part in U.N. human rights reviews. The warning was timely, coming shortly after a leader of  Cameroon’s National … Continue reading

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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

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LGBT meeting in Cameroon turns bloody as gay-bashers invade

The attack came during a gathering to mark the end of this year’s International Day Against Homophobia celebrations in the Cameroonian capital of Yaoundé. The time — about 11 p.m., Saturday, May 19. Representatives of several LGBTI organizations march one by one to the podium to discuss what the week’s activities have meant to them. … Continue reading