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 appeal: Concrete steps to fight anti-gay violence

Cameroon should combat recent outbreaks of anti-gay violence, starting by taking a public stand on the issue during next month’s United Nations review of the country’s human rights record, according to 12 local and international human rights groups who made that request in an open letter to President Paul Biya on Sept. 11. “The Cameroonian … Continue reading


Cameroon activist tortured, killed; the nation must respond

Human Rights Watch issued this press release today about the murder of LGBT activist and reporter Eric Ohena Lembembe: Cameroon: LGBTI Rights Activist Found Dead, Tortured Authorities Should Investigate Death, Condemn Violence (Nairobi, July 16, 2013) – Cameroonian authorities should immediately conduct an effective and thorough investigation into the torture and killing of Eric Ohena … Continue reading


Cameroon: Drop charges against 2 transgender youths

A press release signed by Alternatives-Cameroun, ADEFHO, CAMFAIDS, Human Rights Watch, and ILGA: Cameroon: Drop Charges Against 2 Transgender Youth Prosecution Based Solely on Bias, Not Evidence (Yaoundé, May 17, 2013) – The Cameroonian authorities should drop the charges against two transgender youth rather than appealing their case to the Supreme Court, five human rights … Continue reading


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


Catholic lawyers push Cameroon to keep anti-gay law

A group of Roman Catholic lawyers in Cameroon gathered last weekend to call for continued enforcement of the country’s law against homosexual acts, which can be punished by prison sentences of up to five years. Africa Review reported: The Association of Cameroon Roman Catholic jurists made the weekend declaration during a conference on homosexuality held … Continue reading