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in CAMEROON, 28/07/2013

In response to the murder, LGBT-friendly organizations formed a coalition to seek to help from their international partners in providing safe working conditions in Cameroon. The coalition announced that they have suspended work aimed at combating HIV / AIDS until those projects can resume in safety.

Activists in Africa, Europe and the United States are joining forces to raise money for the funeral of LGBT activist and journalist Eric Ohena Lembembe, who was murdered after being tortured earlier this month.

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Lembembe, the executive director of the LGBT rights organization Camfaids (the Cameroonian Foundation for AIDS), worked tirelessly to protect sexual minorities against repression and imprisonment in one of the most violently homophobic nations in the world. In addition to mob attacks on LGBT people, courts in Cameroon have convicted six people for homosexual conduct so far this year.

The homophobic murder brought world recognition of the hazards of seeking justice for LGBT people in Cameroon. The Cameroonian government has not condemned the murder, and Lembembe's lawyer complained that police did not care enough about the case to collect evidence from the scene of the crime.

In response to the murder, LGBT-friendly organizations formed a coalition to seek to help from their international partners in providing safe working conditions in Cameroon. The coalition announced that they have suspended work aimed at combating HIV / AIDS until those projects can resume in safety.

Lembembe came from a poor family in Yaoundé, Cameroon, who cannot afford the expenses of a large funeral. The funeral is tentatively scheduled for early August, after an autopsy is completed.

His friends and colleagues hope to raise 6,000 euros (about US $8,000) to cover the costs of the funeral but also to assist the coalition in its quest for protection for LGBT activists and associations in Cameroon. The finances for the funeral are being handled by CAMFAIDS.

Contributors can choose between two methods for sending donations:

  • By wire transfer. Send the donation by MoneyGram or Western Union to Michel Louis Engama, the financial officer of Camfaids, in Yaoundé, Cameroon. Notify him by email of the transfer number and amount sent, so he can pick it up. Send the email to three addresses: camfaids@gmail.com, engamamichel@yahoo.fr and domston2004@yahoo.fr
  • By check, credit card (via telephone) or PayPal. Contributions to pay for the funeral will be accepted by the San Diego-based St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which will transfer the funds to Camfaids. On the Web page for these donations, designate them as contributions for Cameroon (Cameroon funeral).

 

ILGA forwards this message on behalf of Cameroonian LGBTI activists and St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation.


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