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March 19, 2014

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’.

March 16, 2014

Alice Nkom, a Cameroonian lawyer who has defended gay men and women for the last decade, says the country is battling an ‘anti-homosexuals apartheid’, comparing the situation to slavery

Alice Nkom, a pro-gay lawyer from Cameroon has spoken out about the treatment of gay people in her country, calling it an ‘anti-homosexuals apartheid’.

She also likened the situation to that of slavery in the United States before it was abolished in the nineteenth century.

Nkom, who has defended gay men men and women for more than a decade, said: ‘Currently in Cameroon, it’s an anti-homosexuals apartheid.’

March 16, 2014

Alice Nkom, a Cameroonian lawyer who has defended gay men and women for the last decade, says the country is battling an ‘anti-homosexuals apartheid’, comparing the situation to slavery

Alice Nkom, a pro-gay lawyer from Cameroon has spoken out about the treatment of gay people in her country, calling it an ‘anti-homosexuals apartheid’.

She also likened the situation to that of slavery in the United States before it was abolished in the nineteenth century.

Nkom, who has defended gay men men and women for more than a decade, said: ‘Currently in Cameroon, it’s an anti-homosexuals apartheid.’

January 12, 2014

A Cameroonian man who was jailed for sending a text message to another man saying ‘I’m very much in love with you’ and labeled a ‘curse’ by his family has died

Roger Jean-Claude Mbédé, 34, died on Friday (10 January) in Cameroon after his family removed him from hospital where he was seeking treatment for a hernia, according to a lawyer who worked on his case.

Mbédé was arrested in March 2011 after texting another man with the message ‘I’m very much in love with you’. He was convicted the following month and sentenced to three years in jail under a Cameroonian law that imposes up to five years in prison for homosexual acts.

January 12, 2014

A Cameroonian man who was jailed for sending a text message to another man saying ‘I’m very much in love with you’ and labeled a ‘curse’ by his family has died

Roger Jean-Claude Mbédé, 34, died on Friday (10 January) in Cameroon after his family removed him from hospital where he was seeking treatment for a hernia, according to a lawyer who worked on his case.

Mbédé was arrested in March 2011 after texting another man with the message ‘I’m very much in love with you’. He was convicted the following month and sentenced to three years in jail under a Cameroonian law that imposes up to five years in prison for homosexual acts.

August 14, 2013

One of the only human rights lawyers willing to represent gay people in the African country speaks out after the murder of renowned activist Eric Lembembe

Life has become even harder for gays in Cameroon and death threats more common since a prominent gay rights campaigner was brutally killed a month ago, one of the country's leading lawyers said.

Eric Ohena Lembembe, who had been fighting to legalise homosexuality in the central African country, was found by friends in his home in the capital Yaounde on 15 July.

August 14, 2013

One of the only human rights lawyers willing to represent gay people in the African country speaks out after the murder of renowned activist Eric Lembembe

Life has become even harder for gays in Cameroon and death threats more common since a prominent gay rights campaigner was brutally killed a month ago, one of the country's leading lawyers said.

Eric Ohena Lembembe, who had been fighting to legalise homosexuality in the central African country, was found by friends in his home in the capital Yaounde on 15 July.

March 21, 2013

Human rights organizations slam Cameroon for arresting record numbers of gays

Four human rights organizations found that at least 28 people have been prosecuted for being gay Cameroon since 2010, more than almost any other country in the world.

The organizations – Alternatives-Cameroun, Association for the Defense of Gays and Lesbians (ADEFHO), the Cameroonian Foundation for AIDS (CAMFAIDS), and Human Rights Watch also found that most cases are marked by grave human rights violations, including torture, forced confessions, denial of access to legal counsel, and discriminatory treatment by law enforcement and judicial officials.

February 13, 2013

Human Rights Watch says Cameroon must take action to protect lawyers who are receiving death threats because they are defending gays

The government of Cameroon should immediately take action against a series of death threats made to two lawyers who represent clients accused of homosexual conduct, said Human Rights Watch (HRW).

In an open letter date today (13 February) to President Paul Biya, Cameron's president, HRW demanded immediate action.

February 13, 2013

Human Rights Watch says Cameroon must take action to protect lawyers who are receiving death threats because they are defending gays

The government of Cameroon should immediately take action against a series of death threats made to two lawyers who represent clients accused of homosexual conduct, said Human Rights Watch (HRW).

In an open letter date today (13 February) to President Paul Biya, Cameron's president, HRW demanded immediate action.

January 24, 2013

Amnesty International says Cameroon is abusing the criminal justice system to attack LGBTI people

Cameroon is forcing prisoners to have degrading and useless anal exams to find out if they have had gay sex, according to a new report.

Amnesty International says the criminal justice system in the west African country is being ‘used as a weapon to attack lesbian, gay, transgender and intersex people’.

The global human rights watchdog’s report on Cameroon highlights a ‘notable increase’ since the mid-2000s in the number of gays – or suspected LGBT people – arrested, imprisoned and tortured because of their sexuality.

January 7, 2013

An appeal court in Cameroon has acquitted two men jailed for appearing 'gay' due to drinking Bailey's Irish liqueur

Two young men from Cameroon who in 2011 were convicted of ‘appearing gay’ and sentenced to five years in prison were acquitted by an appeal court today (7 January).

The two Cameroonians, Jonas Singa Kumie and Franky Djome, were jailed for five years after a judge found them guilty of ‘homosexual behavior’.

December 17, 2012

Jean-Claude Roger Mbédé's three-year prison term upheld by appeals court in Cameroon, one of Africa's most anti-gay states

An appeals court in Cameroon has upheld a three-year sentence against a man found guilty of ‘homosexuality’ for sending a text message to another man saying: ‘I'm very much in love with you’.

Activists said that today’s court's ruling in Yaoundé, Cameroon’s capital, is a major setback in a country seen as one of the the most repressive in Africa towards LGBT people.

Jean-Claude Roger Mbédé, 32 year-old university student, had been provisionally released on bail in July after serving a year and a half in prison.

October 24, 2012

Alice Nkom a prominent lawyer and pro LGBT rights advocate from Cameroon has received several death threats via text messages

Cameroon lawyer Alice Nkom, who is known for defending gays and lesbians in a country where homosexuality is outlawed, stated that she has been receiving death threats from anonymous callers over her stance.

Talking to AFP Nkom said: ‘Since October 18, I have become the victim of anonymous death threats,' she said, adding that she has been warned to stop defending LGBT people.

‘In the beginning, there were calls at four o’clock in the morning. Now they are sending texts.’

October 24, 2012

Alice Nkom a prominent lawyer and pro LGBT rights advocate from Cameroon has received several death threats via text messages

Cameroon lawyer Alice Nkom, who is known for defending gays and lesbians in a country where homosexuality is outlawed, stated that she has been receiving death threats from anonymous callers over her stance.

Talking to AFP Nkom said: ‘Since October 18, I have become the victim of anonymous death threats,' she said, adding that she has been warned to stop defending LGBT people.

‘In the beginning, there were calls at four o’clock in the morning. Now they are sending texts.’

October 19, 2012

Cameroonians who got five years for appearing feminine and ‘gay’ should hear today if there sentence will be reduced

Two Cameroonians, jailed for appearing gay because they drank Baileys Irish liqueur, are due to learn today (19 October) if their sentence will be reduced.

The cases and other abuses in the central African country have prompted the United States, European Union and international human rights groups to put pressure on Cameroon to stop its repression of LGBT people.

Jonas Singa Kumie and Franky Djome are currently serving a five year prison sentence after a judge found them guilty of ‘homosexual behavior’.

July 5, 2012

British MEP moved to help lesbians in Africa after meeting woman from Uganda who was raped, tortured and made to give birth alone in a prison cell

A British Member of the European Parliament (MEP) is calling on the European Parliament to take a stand against the brutal persecution of lesbians in Africa.

Marina Yannakoudakis, who is Conservative spokesman on women’s rights in the European Parliament, has submitted a resolution which calls on the 38 countries in Africa where homosexuality is illegal to repeal their gay bans.

December 23, 2011

Kaleidoscope Trust issues its first report on highs and lows of LGBT rights worldwide

A new British-based organization campaigning on gay rights worldwide has released its report documenting the position of global LGBT rights.

The Kaleidoscope Trust was launched with a reception at the House of Commons in September under the leadership of former Number 10 spin doctor Lance Price.

Pride told Gay Star News: ‘Now we are coming to the end of the year we’ve made lots of progress: we have a good structure with a strong board of directors. We now need to concentrate on funding.’