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In condolence for the loss of Joel Nana

ILGA mourns the death of Joel Nana, a fierce advocate for the human rights of LGBTI people in his native Cameroon and across the African continent

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16th October 2015 16:32

Daniele Paletta | Pan Africa ILGA

Joel Nana activist Cameroon MSM LGBTI

Joel Nana (ph. via Facebook)

It is with great shock and dismay that ILGA has learnt of the passing of our colleague and comrade Joel Nana, a fierce advocate for the human rights of LGBTI people in his native Cameroon and across the African continent.

He was only 33 years old, and passed away after a brief illness.

After having worked with several organizations in Cameroon, working to address homophobia and end discrimination against the LGBTI community, Joel Nana founded AMSHeR (African Men for Sexual Health and Rights) in 2009 and – as the organization remembers – “he oversaw the establishment of the Coalition as a critical community voice on human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity, and HIV health access for Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) in Africa.”

On behalf of its entire membership, the board and secretariat, ILGA would like to express our deepest sympathy and convey our condolences to his family, friends and colleagues, and to everybody who was touched by his exemplary commitment in working for a world where everybody’s human rights are respected.