Millions of Africans are affected by discriminatory laws that target LGBT people. Many are forced to live in secrecy, fearing arrest as well as violence, blackmail, and harassment in their communities. Nemande’s courage and expertise in this threatening climate in both Cameroon and the region have brought his organization, Alternatives-Cameroun, international respect as the organization was, recently, granted observer status by the African Commission.
“Steave Nemande is working to promote better understanding among all Africans,” said Boris Dittrich, acting director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Rights Program at Human Rights Watch. “He has shown enormous courage in seeking full human rights and decent treatment for gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender people in a threatening and repressive atmosphere.”
The Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism celebrates the valor of individuals who put their lives at risk to protect human dignity and create a world where people live free of violence, discrimination, and oppression. Human Rights Watch honors Steave Nemande for his tireless work to promote and defend the human rights of LGBT people in Africa.
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