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Cameroon: LGBT activists in custody; harassment continues

Police in Cameroon have refused to release two LGBT activists whom they detained on Saturday, July 27, as potential witnesses in the so-far-unsuccessful investigation of the murder of activist journalist Eric Lembembe. Lembembe’s former colleagues reported that Michel Engama, finance officer of Lembembe’s activist organization, Camaids, was among those arrested. No charges were filed against … Continue reading

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Cameroon police can’t be bothered to probe activist’s murder

Police in Cameroon are not bothering to investigate the death of LGBT activist journalist Eric Ohena Lembembe,  according to his activist colleagues and human rights defender Alice Nkom. “Police took no photos, collected no evidence, and there has been no autopsy,” one activist said. Police likely didn’t bother with an investigation because neighbors told them … Continue reading

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Arsonists, burglars attack LGBT advocates in Cameroon

Human Rights Watch issued this press release today: Cameroon: Spate of Attacks on Rights Defenders Authorities Should Investigate, Condemn, Prosecute Assaults (Douala, July 1, 2013) – The Cameroonian government should rigorously investigate, denounce, and prosecute suspicious break-ins at three human rights defenders’ offices in June, six Cameroonian and international human rights organizations said today. The … Continue reading

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Report: Cameroon jails many LGBTs to settle scores

Most people charged with violating Cameroon’s law against homosexual activity are convicted based on little or no evidence, Human Rights Watch states in a report released today.  The study was prepared in cooperation with Cameroonian  LGBT-rights organizations Alternatives-Cameroun, the Association for the Defense of Gays and Lesbians (ADEFHO), and the Cameroonian Foundation for AIDS (CAMFAIDS). … 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