Tag Archive | Cameroon

Cameroon: Trans woman describes ‘hell’ of prison

(Reuters) – The five months that two transgender women in Cameroon spent in prison were ‘hell’, one of them told Reuters on Friday after they were released, describing how they were initially forced to sleep with chains around their legs. Shakiro and Patricia left Douala’s main prison in a taxi, after a judge ordered them […]

Cameroon:  Trans women to be released pending appeal

Cameroon: Trans women to be released pending appeal

(Reuters) – Two transgender women in Cameroon, convicted in May of “attempted homosexuality”, were ordered released from prison on Tuesday, until a court hears their appeal, their lawyer said. Shakiro and Patricia were arrested on February 8 for wearing women’s clothing in a restaurant. Shakiro is a celebrity in Cameroon, with thousands of social media […]

Cameroonian LGBT activist supports imprisoned trans women

Cameroonian LGBT activist supports imprisoned trans women

(Reuters) – Coming from Cameroon, where letting it be known that she was a lesbian could lead to prison time, activist and social media influencer, Bandy Kiki, struggled to adjust to her newfound safety, after emigrating to Britain a decade ago. Homosexuality is a criminal offence in Cameroon, punishable by up to five years in […]

Cameroon: LGBT attacks on rise – HRW

Cameroon: LGBT attacks on rise – HRW

(Reuters) – Cameroon security forces have arrested, threatened, or assaulted at least 24 people since February, in a ramped-up crackdown on LGBT+ people, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Wednesday. The rights group said recent documented accounts of abuse, including that of a 17-year old boy, point to an overall rise of police action against […]

Cameroon: Prison for trans women is extended

  (Reuters) – Two transgender women facing charges of “attempted homosexuality”, in a high profile case in Cameroon, will spend more than two months behind bars without trial, after a judge postponed their hearing again on Monday. Shakiro, a local media celebrity and cosmetician, with 100,000 followers on Facebook, was arrested, along with Patricia, on […]

Cameroon: LGBT+ groups on alert after attacks, arrests

Cameroon: LGBT+ groups on alert after attacks, arrests

Three murders, and more than 20 arrests targeting LGBT+ people in Cameroon this month, have raised fears of an upswing in homophobic persecution in the Central African country, rights campaigners and lawyers said on Friday. Same-sex relationships are illegal across much of Africa, but few countries are as assiduous in applying penalties as Cameroon, where […]

Cameroon: LGBT+ sports stars battling anti-gay laws

Cameroon: LGBT+ sports stars battling anti-gay laws

Cameroonian athlete, Thierry Essamba, still trains every day, even though he has little hope of reviving a career cut off when he was ousted from the national squad, in a scandal over homosexuality. The 38-year-old hurdling champion was training for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, when a senior sports official told a crowd of journalists and […]

Cameroon: Defenders of the rights of LGBTI persons face homophobia and violence

Cameroon: Defenders of the rights of LGBTI persons face homophobia and violence

An international fact-finding mission report released last month (25 Feb) entitled CAMEROON: HOMOPHOBIA AND VIOLENCE AGAINST DEFENDERS OF THE RIGHTS OF LGBTI PERSONS, stated: “Cameroon is one of the 38 African countries that criminalise homosexuality. It is known for prosecuting, sentencing and incarcerating inordinately large numbers of persons for “consensual sexual relations between persons of the […]

Podcast: This Way Out LGBT Radio

Podcast: This Way Out LGBT Radio

Every week, EILE Magazine features the latest episode of This Way Out, a Los Angeles-based LGBT radio show, which celebrates its 26th year on air this month! This Way Out is available in 200 countries worldwide, as well as here each week on EILE! 

Cameroonian Gay Man Dies for Texting ‘I Love You’ to Another Man

Cameroonian Gay Man Dies for Texting ‘I Love You’ to Another Man

A gay Cameroonian who was jailed for texting the words “I’m very much in love with you” to another man, has died. His family, who removed him from hospital where he was being treated for a hernia, said that he was “a curse for them” and should have been let alone to die, according to […]