Cameroon lawyer honored for work on gay rights
Alice Nkom: ‘Every time a homosexual is negatively affected, it’s a negative effect on all of humanity.’
A lawyer in Cameroon was honored for her work promoting gay rights in Africa yesterday (18 March).
Alice Nkom, who faces death threats almost daily in her life defending gay people, was awarded by Amnesty International.
Male and female homosexuality is illegal in Cameroon and can be punished by up to five years in prison.
Receiving the award in Berlin, Nkom described it as a ‘prize of hope’.
Last week, Nkom described the situation for LGBTI people as an ‘anti-homosexuals apartheid’.
‘When a country uses weapons, the police and all available legal and prison means against a section of its population, while it has a commitment to protect, it is apartheid,’ she told AFP.
The 69-year-old lawyer set up the Association for the Defence of Homosexuality in 2003 to provide both medical and psychological support for gays and lesbians.
Speaking of the situation as ‘a human rights problem’, Nkom said: ‘Every time a homosexual is negatively affected, it’s a negative effect on all of humanity.’