10/07/2014 | Pan Africa ILGA Regional Communications
AIDS fighters have long recognized that the goal of halting the spread of HIV cannot be achieved without making extra efforts to reach high-risk groups, including gay men.
But often that realization has led to nothing beyond words on paper. >>>
17/06/2014 | Pan Africa ILGA Regional Communications
The group’s goal is to provide moral and financial support to LGBTI inmates in prisons across the country who suffer violent treatment at the hands of homophobic guards and inmates.
Twenty 20 LGBTI women and men or more currently in prison in Cameroon for their sexual orientation, the association says. Others are awaiting trial on homosexuality charges. Still others are struggling to rebuild their lives after being released from prison into a homophobic society. >>>
01/10/2013 | Pan Africa ILGA Regional Communications
Le Cameroun commence à répondre à la pression internationale, qui le pousse à enrayer la montée des violences anti-gays.
Les autorités viennent de déclarer qu’elles enquêteraient sur les officiers de police accusés d’attaquer les personnes homosexuelles. Mais elles refusent encore d’arrêter les actions anti-gays et les manifestations d’appel au meurtre. >>>
17/09/2013 | Pan Africa ILGA Regional Communications
As activists from Cameroon prepared to travel to Switzerland to challenge their government’s rejection of proposals to end repression of LGBT people, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a warning to governments not to harass people who take part in U.N. human rights reviews.
12/09/2013 | Pan Africa ILGA Regional Communications
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 government has an obligation to protect all of its citizens – not just heterosexual citizens – from violence,” the organizations said. >>>
11/09/2013 | Pan Africa ILGA Regional Communications
Ekia Badou from Radio Africa N°1 received Dominque Menoga, President of CAMFAIDS. An insight on the situation faced by LGB people in Cameroon and on his personal story which led him to seek asylum in France. >>>
22/08/2013 | Pan Africa ILGA Regional Communication Officer
More than 100 young men and women in Cameroon's capital posted anti-gay signs on bars suspected of being gay-friendly during a rally organized amid mounting threats and acts of violence targeting the country's sexual minorities. >>>
24/06/2013 | ILGA Brussels - internship
“The case of Clarisse Z. and Jeanine N., two young lesbians, each 27 years old, is unlike any of the other cases of homosexuality that I have defended until now.”
– Michel Togué, Cameroonian lawyer and human rights defender. >>>
In Cameroon, the topic of homosexuality is no longer taboo. Both in Yaoundé and Douala, on the street, in taxis, restaurants, bars, offices and markets, on the radio and on television, it is difficult to spend a day or even an hour without the conversation reverting to this topic. >>>
"Things are getting worse, not better, for gay people in Cameroon. It is time for more action and less talk. Biya must free Roger and others accused of being gay through an immediate end of the anti-gay law." >>>
People in Cameroon are being subjected to a raft of abuses including unlawful killings and torture as the authorities seek to use the criminal justice system to clamp down on political opponents, human rights defenders and journalists and as a weapon to attack lesbian, gay, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, Amnesty International said in a new report. >>>
In Cameroon, homosexuality is still considered a criminal offence and carries a jail sentence of six months to five years as well as a fine. Many are regularly arrested without any evidence of being 'guilty'. During their trial, most people lack steady legal assistance, suffer numerous abuses and are often afraid to press charges or do not know how to. The internet, however, is changing these circumstances.
Authorities in Cameroon should promptly investigate threats against two prominent lawyers who are representing clients accused of homosexuality, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should publicly denounce the threats against the defense lawyers and ensure that they receive necessary protection.
Cameroon faces growing international pressure to end its repression of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The pressure is coming from the United States, the European Union, and from international human rights organizations. >>>