The comments by the official state representative toward the late Eric Lembembe, who is no longer with us to defend himself against such vitriol, represent a new low by Cameroon’s government.
– Neela Ghoshal, senior researcher on LGBT rights for Human Rights Watch:
Human Rights Watch this week criticized the government of Cameroon for lies, lack of common sense, inhumanity, and inaction in the face of homophobic violence.
The message that Cameroonian regime sends by rejecting human rights recommendations is that “LGBTI people can be killed with impunity in Cameroon,” Human Rights Watch said.
These are excerpts from the HRW statement:
Cameroon: Official Blames Activist for His Own Murder
Geneva, September 25, 2013) – Cameroon’s ambassador to Geneva, Anatole Nkou, told the United Nations Human Rights Council on September 20, 2013, that a murdered human rights defender was killed because of his “personal life,” Human Rights Watch said today.
Eric Ohena Lembembe was a human rights defender and journalist who focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) rights. The government representative suggested that Lembembe might be a criminal who was killed in a “settling of scores,” despite the authorities’ failure to identify any suspects two months after his death, and despite the high rate of homophobic and transphobic violence in Cameroon.
“The comments by the official state representative toward the late Eric Lembembe, who is no longer with us to defend himself against such vitriol, represent a new low by Cameroon’s government,” said Neela Ghoshal, senior researcher on LGBT rights at Human Rights Watch. “Cameroon should be focused on improving its human rights record before the UN, instead of blaming the victims and asserting it has no obligation to protect sexual and gender minorities from violence and discrimination.”
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