Category: Central Africa

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Cameroon: Bad and good news in latest human rights report

Cameroon: Bad and good news in latest human rights report

In a report on human rights violations last year in Cameroon, LGBT rights activists reported a decline in arbitrary arrests, but an overall increase i [...]
Cameroon: Homophobia as a political ploy

Cameroon: Homophobia as a political ploy

Cameroon provides the latest example of a despicable tradition in homophobic nations -- hurling accusations of homosexuality as a political ploy. [...]
Victimized gay couple flees Cameroon, hopes to reach Europe

Victimized gay couple flees Cameroon, hopes to reach Europe

Juk and Mike are two young gay men who decided that exile was preferable to continuing to endure anti-gay violence, hostility and discrimination in Ca [...]
Cameroon: For gay students, new school year brings worries

Cameroon: For gay students, new school year brings worries

For LGBTI students, returning to school in September means returning to a hotbed of stigmatization and discrimination. LGBTI advocacy groups help them [...]
LGBTI advocates create a security plan in Cameroon

LGBTI advocates create a security plan in Cameroon

Cameroon's human rights watchdog group is pushing to improve the security of the nation's LGBTI people and their advocates, who last year were the vic [...]
Lesbian life in Cameroon: Her dream is to escape

Lesbian life in Cameroon: Her dream is to escape

Like many citizens of Cameroon, Elsy has a dream. She dreams of leaving  her native country and moving to Europe or the United States where she could [...]
Human rights in Cameroon: A new wind is blowing

Human rights in Cameroon: A new wind is blowing

In Cameroon, a country that has long reeked of repression, a new wind is blowing. It's coming from a new human rights support network that includes le [...]
Homosexuality in Cameroon: 4 plead guilty and are set free

Homosexuality in Cameroon: 4 plead guilty and are set free

Four Cameroonian men arrested in June on homosexuality charges pleaded guilty last month, setting the stage for lenient sentences and their quick rele [...]
Cameroon activists say their goodbyes to Yves Yomb

Cameroon activists say their goodbyes to Yves Yomb

Human rights activists and other members of Cameroonian civil society gathered last week to pay tribute to LGBTI activist Yves Yomb, who died  in June [...]
The ordeal of an intersex woman in Cameroon

The ordeal of an intersex woman in Cameroon

An intersex person's life is difficult in Cameroon. Like other LGBTI people,  she is rejected by society but, unlike other LGBTI people, there's no or [...]
Cameroon: Lesbian love affair ends in death, but who was the killer?

Cameroon: Lesbian love affair ends in death, but who was the killer?

After a lesbian love affair in Cameroon turned fatal, police are investigating whether the killer was the dead woman's lover or an angry brother. [...]
Cameroon activists seek a law to defend defenders of human rights

Cameroon activists seek a law to defend defenders of human rights

Cameroon needs a law to protect human rights defenders, activists declared at a press conference last week. From the African Human Rights Media [...]
Cameroon human rights activists focus on Covid-19

Cameroon human rights activists focus on Covid-19

The challenges posed by Covid-19 were the focus of Cameroon's sixth annual Human Rights Defenders Day, held each year on July 15. From the [...]
Cameroon workshop provides new tools for human rights workers

Cameroon workshop provides new tools for human rights workers

In Cameroon, dozens of human rights observers gathered last month for training in human rights and in how to keep themselves and their data safe. [...]
Cameroon prepares for annual Human Rights Defender Day

Cameroon prepares for annual Human Rights Defender Day

Human rights activists in Cameroon set aside each July 15 as Human Rights Defender Day, a time to protest the violence and other violations they face [...]
Will Cameroon follow Gabon by repealing anti-gay law?

Will Cameroon follow Gabon by repealing anti-gay law?

The LGBT community in Cameroon cheered when the parliament in neighboring Gabon voted to repeal its anti-homosexuality law. But many sectors of Camero [...]
Gabon is on the brink of repealing its anti-gay law

Gabon is on the brink of repealing its anti-gay law

The central African nation of Gabon is just one signature away from repealing the anti-homosexuality law that it enacted a year ago. From t [...]
Gabon lawmakers seek to decriminalize homosexuality

Gabon lawmakers seek to decriminalize homosexuality

Legislators in Gabon took the first step yesterday toward repealing the central African nation's anti-gay law, which had been enacted just a year ago. [...]
Cameroon: For once, father defends his gay son

Cameroon: For once, father defends his gay son

Here's what often happens in Cameroon when a family learns their son is gay: They throw him out of the family home, cheered on by homophobic neighbors [...]
Cameroon: Four gay men arrested, beaten in Kekem

Cameroon: Four gay men arrested, beaten in Kekem

Police in the western region of Cameroon arrested four men on Tuesday who were beaten until they acknowledged that they were gay. From the [...]
Prominent citizens unite to combat abuse of LGBTI Cameroonians

Prominent citizens unite to combat abuse of LGBTI Cameroonians

Two of Cameroon's most prominent LGBTI advocacy groups have merged two projects that help victims of homophobia through the influence of prominent cit [...]
Cameroon: Charges dropped against 53 arrested in Bafoussam

Cameroon: Charges dropped against 53 arrested in Bafoussam

Charges have been dropped against 53 members of the LGBTI community in western Cameroon who were arrested last month for violating Covid-19 regulation [...]
Covid-19 in Cameroon: Human rights defenders adopt new strategies

Covid-19 in Cameroon: Human rights defenders adopt new strategies

During the Covid-19 health crisis, human rights defenders need to adjust their strategies for preventing and responding to homophobic and transphobic [...]
Cameroon: Rising tide of anti-LGBTI violence

Cameroon: Rising tide of anti-LGBTI violence

The latest report on homophobic and transphobic violence in Cameroon paints a grim picture of a rising tide of violence against LGBTI Cameroonians, bu [...]
LGBTI in Cameroon: 50 arrested on Covid-19 charges

LGBTI in Cameroon: 50 arrested on Covid-19 charges

Police arrested 50 LGBTI people who gathered on May 17 in Bafoussam, western Cameroon, to learn about Covid-19 and to celebrate progress in internatio [...]
IDAHOBIT in Cameroon: Amid Covid-19 crisis, activists demand LGBTI rights

IDAHOBIT in Cameroon: Amid Covid-19 crisis, activists demand LGBTI rights

Despite the global health crisis, LGBTI activists in Cameroon figured out how to celebrate IDAHOBIT (International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia [...]
After Cameroon murder: ‘We condemn the prejudiced reporting on homosexuality’

After Cameroon murder: ‘We condemn the prejudiced reporting on homosexuality’

Human rights organizations in Cameroon are protesting a news video that tied a Douala man's murder to his reported homosexuality. From the [...]
Cameroon: Local chief expels four anti-AIDS activists

Cameroon: Local chief expels four anti-AIDS activists

Four young adults in eastern Cameroon were thrown out of their homes after their work at an anti-AIDS training session came to light. From [...]
Because I’m trans, I live in the shadows in Cameroon

Because I’m trans, I live in the shadows in Cameroon

In Cameroon and many other African countries, transgender people encounter curiosity but also hostility when they appear in public. This is the story [...]
Alternatives-Cameroon expands to the nation’s capital

Alternatives-Cameroon expands to the nation’s capital

The highly regarded LGBTI advocacy group Alternatives-Cameroon has expanded its work into Yaoundé from its Douala base. From the African Hu [...]
Cameroon family evicts trans daughter who loves men

Cameroon family evicts trans daughter who loves men

A young transgender activist in Cameroon has been evicted from her family home because of her gender identity. She is now homeless and needs help. [...]
New shelter for victims of anti-gay violence and bias in Cameroon

New shelter for victims of anti-gay violence and bias in Cameroon

The LGBTI advocacy group Camfaids has secured funding and a site to reopen its shelter for victims of anti-LGBTI violence and discrimination. [...]
Cameroon: Parents evict young lesbian, but she’s not alone

Cameroon: Parents evict young lesbian, but she’s not alone

So far, the new year has been a time of difficult revelations for Lina, a 20-year-old lesbian living with her family in Yaoundé, Cameroon. [...]
Cameroon: Veteran gay-rights activist Desmond Sone dies of lung ailment

Cameroon: Veteran gay-rights activist Desmond Sone dies of lung ailment

Gay rights activists are mourning the death of Desmond Sone Mbecho, a veteran of the struggle for LGBT rights in Cameroon. From the African H [...]
Anti-gay violence remains a danger in Africa and worldwide

Anti-gay violence remains a danger in Africa and worldwide

Year in review: Despite signs of progress, 2019 remained a dangerous time for LGBTQ people in Africa and worldwide.   In the United S [...]
U.S. ambassadors seek repeal of 69 nations’ anti-gay laws

U.S. ambassadors seek repeal of 69 nations’ anti-gay laws

U.S. ambassadors are promoting LGBTQ rights worldwide even as gay-rights activists blast the Trump administration for anti-LGBTQ domestic policies. [...]
Tally of nations where it’s a crime to be gay rises to 73

Tally of nations where it’s a crime to be gay rises to 73

The central African nation of Gabon has adopted a law against same-sex sexual relations, running counter to the general trend of countries overturning [...]
Camfaids wins funds to reopen LGBTI safe house in Cameroon

Camfaids wins funds to reopen LGBTI safe house in Cameroon

The LGBTI advocacy group Camfaids has secured funds to reopen its safe house in Cameroon even though Camfaids has not yet found a suitable new site fo [...]
Cameroon: Money runs out; LGBTI safe house closes

Cameroon: Money runs out; LGBTI safe house closes

The LGBTI advocacy group Camfaids has run out of funds to keep its safe house open in Cameroon. From the African Human Rights Media Network [...]
Cameroon: Burglary and threatened eviction of suspected lesbian

Cameroon: Burglary and threatened eviction of suspected lesbian

The apartment of a lesbian rights activist in Cameroon was burglarized last month after a disgruntled neighbor accused her of being too masculine. Her [...]
Cameroon’s Unity human rights watchdog project expands

Cameroon’s Unity human rights watchdog project expands

Cameroon's LGBTI rights watchdog group is adding an advocacy office and getting a new logo. From the African Human Rights Media Network [...]
Cameroon: Police probe victims of homophobic assault

Cameroon: Police probe victims of homophobic assault

Participants in a health rights training session in Yaoundé, Cameroon, were violently assaulted late last month by anti-LGBT assailants. Police respon [...]
We freed 3 gay men from prison

We freed 3 gay men from prison

Gay rights activists and donors have freed the last three prisoners serving sentences for homosexuality in northern Cameroon. From the Africa [...]
Cameroon: You’re gay? No more school for you!

Cameroon: You’re gay? No more school for you!

Next month two young gay men in Cameroon planned to resume training for a human resources career, but they can't. The reason: Their parents found out [...]
Cameroon: Death of LGBTI activist Lambert Lamba

Cameroon: Death of LGBTI activist Lambert Lamba

With the death of activist Marc Lambert Lamba, Cameroon lost a pioneer in the fight against anti-LGBTI violence. From the African Human Right [...]
Donors, activists free gay man from Cameroon prison

Donors, activists free gay man from Cameroon prison

With help from generous donors, an imprisoned gay man was set free last week in Cameroon, ending his three-year sentence for homosexuality. -- [...]
Cameroon: Trans people form their own advocacy network

Cameroon: Trans people form their own advocacy network

The new TransAfrican Independent Network in Cameroon is working to confront transphobia and empower transgender people. From the African Human [...]
Cameroon: Trans leader in hiding after transphobic attack

Cameroon: Trans leader in hiding after transphobic attack

A leader of Cameroon's transgender community is recuperating from a transphobic attack that almost killed her. From the African Human Right [...]
Cameroon man evicts sister over fear that she’s a lesbian

Cameroon man evicts sister over fear that she’s a lesbian

Lesbophobia breaks apart a family in Cameroon; a sister is left homeless. From the African Human Rights Media Network By Steeves [...]
Cameroon: Assaults, rape, death threats over lesbian affair

Cameroon: Assaults, rape, death threats over lesbian affair

In April, when a Cameroonian man learned that his common-law wife was attracted to women, he assaulted her, raped her lover and threatened to kill th [...]
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