Africa

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

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Quick response to new anti-gay persecution in Cameroon

By Erin Royal Brokovitch The LGBTI community in Yaoundé responded quickly last week to the news that it has again become the target of persecution by law enforcement. Starting immediately, Cameroonian activists began working to keep seven detainees out of Yaoundé’s central prison, a location that can be especially hazardous for LGBTI inmates. The case … Continue reading

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Beating death of LGBT activist Eric Lembembe in Cameroon

LGBT activist and reporter Eric Ohena Lembembe was beaten to death over the weekend, LGBT activists in Cameroon announced today. Fellow activists said they found his bloody, lifeless body early today at his home in Yaoundé,  Cameroon. Investigations by human rights defenders are under way to discover who was responsible for the crime. At his … Continue reading

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Cameroon ‘not ready’ to end LGBT persecution

Cameroon’s harsh treatment of LGBT people came in for criticism this week from 15 countries during the international human rights analysis known as the Universal Periodic Review. At the UPR session yesterday in Switzerland, Foreign Minister Pierre Moukoko Mbonjo did not offer hope for any quick change in Cameroon’s law against homosexual activity or an … Continue reading

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Cameroon: Stop turning blind eye to death threats

Human Rights Watch issued this press release yesterday. Also see “Cameroon: Stop death threats to lawyers (video).“ Cameroon: Stop Turning Blind Eye to Death Threats: Intimidation of Lawyers in ‘Homosexuality’ Cases Compromises Right to Defense (Nairobi, February 13, 2013)  – The government of Cameroon should immediately take action against a series of death threats made over … Continue reading