Plea at U.N. to stop violence; Cameroon claims it will change

Published: September 23, 2013

Colleagues of murdered Cameroonian activist Eric Ohena Lembembe have urged their government to stop homophobic attacks and legalized repression of LGBT people in Cameroon, and the government has responded with lip service aimed at creating the impression that Cameroon will:

-Investigate police violence against individuals because of their sexual orientation.
-Investigate threats and attacks against human rights defenders and journalists, and bring to justice the perpetrators.
-Ensure the active and immediate protection of all human rights.
 
Michel Engama, finance officer of Camfaids (the Cameroonian Foundation for AIDS), a former colleague of Lembembe, urged the government to live up to its words.
 
Here is the statement that he made about the discovery of Lembembe’s body and the hostile environment that LGBT people still face daily in Cameroon.

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