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 Every day I fear for my safety living in this country because of my sexual orientation. I am alive but if anyone ever find out and wanted to find out, they can kill me …I am an easy target for anything.
 —Peter, Dominica,…
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Michel Togué, a lawyer in the African country of Cameroon, has received death threats for defending lesbians and gays.
 
 This one, like the others, came anonymously  “We know that your wife is now shopping in the mall. We know your children are…
Boris Dittrich presents Alice Nkom and Michel Togue with prestigious Dutch Geuzenpenning Award, March 13, 2017.
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A year ago, on July 15, 2013, I received devastating news: my friend and collaborator, gay rights activist Eric Ohena Lembembe, had been found dead in his home in Yaounde. It was a Monday. Eric’s friends had last seen him on Friday. Unable to reach him by…
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Cameroonian, Canadian Groups Receive Awards for HIV, Rights Work

(Toronto) – On World AIDS Day, December 1, 2013, Human Rights Watch and the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network will honor Alternatives-Cameroun and the Grandmothers Advocacy Network (GRAN) with the 2013 Award for Action on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights. This is…
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Reconsider Rejection of UN Human Rights Council Recommendations

(Geneva) – Cameroon’s ambassador to Geneva, Anatole Nkou, told the United Nations Human Rights Council on September 20, 2013, that a murdered human rights defender was killed because of his “personal life,” Human Rights Watch said today. Eric Ohena…
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HRC 24th Session: Statement Delivered Under Item 6

In a context marked by severe violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people and human rights defenders working with them, it is shameful that Cameroon has rejected nearly all recommendations related to sexual orientation and…
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You‘d think that all governments could agree that killing, raping or assaulting someone because of their sexual orientation or gender identity is never acceptable – even in countries that ban same-sex conduct, or claim LGBTI rights offend their “…
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I last saw Eric Ohena Lembembe in March, on a sticky, humid evening in Yaoundé. We had released a joint report on human rights abuses against people accused of homosexual conduct in Cameroon two days earlier. The head of the gendarmerie – Cameroon’s…
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Authorities Should Investigate Death, Condemn Violence

(Nairobi) – Cameroonian authorities should immediately conduct an effective and thorough investigation into the torture and killing of Eric Ohena Lembembe, an activist and journalist who was found dead at his home in Yaoundé on the evening of July 15.…
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Authorities Should Investigate, Condemn, Prosecute Assaults

(Douala) – 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 organizations…
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Prosecution Based Solely on Bias, Not Evidence

(Yaoundé) – The Cameroonian authorities should drop the charges against two transgender youth rather than appealing their case to the Supreme Court, five human rights organizations said today. Jonas K. and Franky D. are being prosecuted on what the…
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“There’s no reason to despair,” Cameroonian president Paul Biya told journalists in January 2013. They had questioned him, at a Paris news conference, on Cameroon’s startling level of arrests and prosecutions for same-sex conduct – by some accounts, the…