Fighting for LGBTI rights in Africa

Homosexuality is illegal in 38 African countries, including Cameroon.

According to Amnesty International, there have been 51 documented arrests for same-sex conduct in Cameroon since 2005. People accused of homosexuality are often forced to submit to physical examinations in the search for evidence.

In July, violence against gay people in the country reached a high when Eric Lemembe, a journalist and activist, was brutally murdered.

But activists across the continent are working to create change, including Yves Yomb, the Executive Director of Alternatives-Cameroun.

This month, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and Human Rights Watch honoured Alternatives-Cameroun with an Award for Action on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights.

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