Anti-gay Cameroonians target LGBTI rights activists

During renewed national discussions of Cameroon’s anti-homosexuality law, anti-gay Cameroonians have targeted, threatened and harassed LGBTI rights advocates, some of whom were driven from their homes. Alternatives-Cameroon, the Douala-based advocacy organization that fights against Aids and for recognition of the human rights of LGBTI people, reported the harassment in a press release: Homosexuality in Cameroon: … Continue reading

Africa / Commentary

Renewal of anti-gay law would move Cameroon backwards

Alternatives-Cameroon calls on President Paul Biya to block enactment of a revised Penal Code that reinforces the old Penal Code’s criminalization of homosexuality.  The Douala-based advocacy organization, which fights against Aids and for recognition of the human rights of LGBTI people, today issued this press release: Retaining the Criminalization of Homosexuality in Cameroon A step … Continue reading


Cameroon: Threat of eviction for being a homosexual

A press release (modestly edited below) from Douala-based Alternatives-Cameroon, which fights against Aids and for recognition of the human rights of LGBTI people: June 6, 2016 Cameroon: Threat of eviction for homosexuality The Real Estate Company of Cameroon [La Société Immobilière du Cameroun] (SIC) has ordered Franz Mananga, executive director of Alternatives Cameroon, to leave its apartments, … Continue reading


Support for imperiled LGBTI activists in Cameroon

The Cameroonian LGBTI rights group Camfaids today vowed its support for  the threatened LGBTI activists of Humanity First Cameroon and urged action to put an end of all violence against human rights defenders. This is the statement from Camfaids (the Cameroonian Foundation for Aids), translated from French: Representatives from LGBTI rights organizations in Yaoundé, Cameroon, … Continue reading

Africa / Commentary / Faith and religion

Comment: Pope should speak when bishops cause suffering

Pope Francis should appeal to anti-LGBT African Catholics to love their LGBT neighbors, says Bondings 2.0, a publication of New Ways Ministry, which seeks reconciliation for LGBT Catholics. The occasion was the statement by Cameroonian bishops that they have “zero tolerance” for homosexuality — a statement that drew a recent reprimand from the LGBT advocates … Continue reading

Africa / Faith and religion

Plea to to Pope: Restrain Cameroon’s gay-bashing Catholics

In Cameroon, a recent resurgence of anti-LGBTI rhetoric from the Catholic Church has come in for criticism from the Douala-based advocacy group Alternatives-Cameroon, which fights Aids and supports human rights for sexual minorities.  In this press release, Alternatives-Cameroon asks Pope Francis to intervene: Cameroon: The Catholic Church continues to preach hate Media releases and speeches from … Continue reading

Africa / Commentary

LGBTI activists mourn human rights veteran Joel Nana

Veteran African human rights activist Joël Gustave Nana Ngongang, widely known as Joel Nana, 33, died Oct. 15 after a brief illness. He worked as a human and LGBT rights advocate and as an anti-HIV activist at local, national and international levels.  His main work focused on African countries, including Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa, … Continue reading