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August 25, 2014

Two lesbians in southern Cameroon have been freed after 9 months in prison awaiting trial

Two lesbians have been freed from jail in Cameroon after spending 9 months in prison awaiting trial and then potentially facing two years in prison.

‘Liliane’ and ‘Nicole’ were arrested in the agricultural center of Ebolowa, capital of Cameroon’s South Region, in November of 2013 on charges of sexual behavior involving another woman.

Liliane and Nicole potentially faced jail terms of up to five years, and were handed a sentence of two years in jail on 21 August.

April 10, 2014

‘I’m gay, I’m gay! I don’t want to go back to Cameroon!’ he allegedly shouted, as he was being attacked

Friends of a blind bisexual asylum seeker from Cameroon are accusing UK deportation officers of beating him up.

Alain Kouayep Tchatchue fled after the people in his town discovered he was having sex with another man.

Fearing being beaten or killed, the French speaker came to the UK in order to live and love freely. In his time here, he has found another male partner – another asylum seeker.

The Home Office rejected his claim of asylum and issued a deportation order last week.

March 31, 2014

As Amnesty appeals to people to make it part of their wedding celebrations, we share some of the inspiring work they are doing for LGBTI rights around the world

This year Uganda signed off on a draconian and degrading anti-gay bill which was later echoed in Nigeria, two men accused of homosexuality were put on trial in Zambia and in Russia homophobia flared and festered against a backdrop of the Winter Olympics.

At Amnesty we believe love is a human right. We are campaigning and fundraising hard to help improve the rights of LGBTI people all across the world from Uganda to Ukraine.

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 7, 2014

Activists claim the women were taken Kondengui Central Prison in Yaoundé, notorious for its harsh conditions, overcrowding and poor sanitation

Four lesbians have been arrested and jailed on charges of being gay in Cameroon, a radio report has said.

It is alleged the four women were arrested at one of their homes in Ebolowa, southern Cameroon.

Activists claim the women were taken Kondengui Central Prison in Yaoundé.

The prison is notorious for its harsh conditions, with it receiving international criticism over its overcrowding, poor sanitation and inadequate food.

March 7, 2014

Activists claim the women were taken Kondengui Central Prison in Yaoundé, notorious for its harsh conditions, overcrowding and poor sanitation

Four lesbians have been arrested and jailed on charges of being gay in Cameroon, a radio report has said.

It is alleged the four women were arrested at one of their homes in Ebolowa, southern Cameroon.

Activists claim the women were taken Kondengui Central Prison in Yaoundé.

The prison is notorious for its harsh conditions, with it receiving international criticism over its overcrowding, poor sanitation and inadequate food.

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.

November 30, 2013

Alternatives-Cameroun awarded for HIV education and medical support, particularly for sexual minorities, in difficult circumstances

An organization who provide HIV education and medical support for sexual minorities in Cameroon, in the midst of increasing violence against LGBT people, has won the 2013 Awards for Action from the Canadian HIV/Aids Legal Network.

November 30, 2013

Alternatives-Cameroun awarded for HIV education and medical support, particularly for sexual minorities, in difficult circumstances

An organization who provide HIV education and medical support for sexual minorities in Cameroon, in the midst of increasing violence against LGBT people, has won the 2013 Awards for Action from the Canadian HIV/Aids Legal Network.

November 6, 2013

Omar Kuddus asks if LGBTI activism has become dominated by ‘fashions’ and whether a focus on Russia is distracting from the wider struggle for rights

Whilst the world’s and media’s attention is focused on the plight of Russian LGBTIs, we must not forget homosexuality is illegal in 76 countries.

With the Winter Olympics Sochi in 2014 and Russia’s anti-gay propaganda laws firmly in place, not a day goes by without some news about the conditions Russian homosexuals face under the heinous anti-gay propaganda laws.

October 4, 2013

As homophobic attacks continue to rise in the African country, several public venues have posted signs banning gay people

A new gay apartheid in Cameroon has seen LGBT people being openly banned from several public venues.

In the capital Yaoundé, a video taken by gay rights activists shows a bar with the sign ‘Espace Interdit Aux Homosexuels’ (‘Gay people banned from this space’).

Bénois Nkoumou, the manager of the venue, told IPS Television he did ‘not want to see any more homosexuals in his bar'.

September 24, 2013

United Nations ambassador suggests Eric Lembembe 'may have committed crimes' and reports of his death were all 'made up'

Cameroon is attempting to blame a gay activist for his own murder.

Eric Lembembe’s body was discovered by his friends in July, with his neck and feet broken and his face, hands and feet burned with an iron.

The attack happened weeks after the renowned gay activist issued a public warning about the threat posed by homophobic thugs.

September 14, 2013

Nepal’s pioneering gay rights group opens Pink Himalayan Center in Kathmandu to shelter victims and people with HIV/AIDS

‘This center is open to everyone, to all persecuted LGBTs,’ says a proud Sunil Pant, announcing the formal inauguration of the Pink Himalayan Center in Nepalese capital Kathmandu, the first sanctuary in South Asia for persecuted members of the community.

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.

August 8, 2013

Desmond Tutu and Pope Francis’ gay-friendly remarks sparked a public debate in the West. In Sub-Saharan Africa, and particularly in the DRC, discussion has been limited

Gay-friendly declarations from the clergy have been all the rage lately. On 26 July 2013, at a press conference for a United Nations campaign to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) human rights, retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu declared he would rather attend hell than a homophobic heaven.

These words were spun into international headlines.

July 31, 2013

Departure of anti-gay Archbishop Victor Bakot who alleged young men couldn’t get jobs unless they had gay sex with government officials

The Pope has replaced Archbishop Simon Victor Tonye Bakot of Yaoundé, Cameroon who fought LGBT rights and called gay marriage a ‘crime against humanity’.

The decision to replace him came in the same week Pope Francis indicated a softer stance on LGBT issues, saying ‘who am I to judge?’ gay people.

Bakot, aged 66, has been Archbishop of the Cameroon capital of Yaoundé since November 2003.

He was described as 'very homophobic' by LGBT rights campaigners in Cameroon, speaking to Gay Star News today (31 July).

July 31, 2013

Departure of anti-gay Archbishop Victor Bakot who alleged young men couldn’t get jobs unless they had gay sex with government officials

The Pope has replaced Archbishop Simon Victor Tonye Bakot of Yaoundé, Cameroon who fought LGBT rights and called gay marriage a ‘crime against humanity’.

The decision to replace him came in the same week Pope Francis indicated a softer stance on LGBT issues, saying ‘who am I to judge?’ gay people.

Bakot, aged 66, has been Archbishop of the Cameroon capital of Yaoundé since November 2003.

He was described as 'very homophobic' by LGBT rights campaigners in Cameroon, speaking to Gay Star News today (31 July).

July 26, 2013

Shaun Kadlec: 'He was a pillar of the LGBT community there and was maybe the most outspoken person who was arguing for legalization of homosexuality'

Last week's murder of high-profile Cameroon LGBT activist Eric Lembembe came just days before the film Born This Way screened at the Outfest Film Festival in Los Angeles.

The film, which won the Outfest Grand Jury Prize for Outstanding Documentary, is a portrait of the underground gay and lesbian community in Cameroon. Its co-director, Shaun Kadler, spoke with Gay Star News this week about Lembembe who was executive director of Cameroonian Foundation for AIDS.

July 26, 2013

Shaun Kadlec: 'He was a pillar of the LGBT community there and was maybe the most outspoken person who was arguing for legalization of homosexuality'

Last week's murder of high-profile Cameroon LGBT activist Eric Lembembe came just days before the film Born This Way screened at the Outfest Film Festival in Los Angeles.

The film, which won the Outfest Grand Jury Prize for Outstanding Documentary, is a portrait of the underground gay and lesbian community in Cameroon. Its co-director, Shaun Kadler, spoke with Gay Star News this week about Lembembe who was executive director of Cameroonian Foundation for AIDS.

July 26, 2013

Groups say they can no longer work without the protection of the authorities

Gay rights and Aids prevention groups in Cameroon say they can no longer do their work under the threat of violence without the protection of the police, following the murder of high-profile activist Eric Lembembe last week.

'We have all decided to stop our work in the field because our security is at risk,' said executive director of Alternatives-Cameroun Yves Yomb, the Guardian reports. 'We have no protection from the police and we feel that our lives are at risk.'

July 26, 2013

Groups say they can no longer work without the protection of the authorities

Gay rights and Aids prevention groups in Cameroon say they can no longer do their work under the threat of violence without the protection of the police, following the murder of high-profile activist Eric Lembembe last week.

'We have all decided to stop our work in the field because our security is at risk,' said executive director of Alternatives-Cameroun Yves Yomb, the Guardian reports. 'We have no protection from the police and we feel that our lives are at risk.'