Dramatic increase in violence against LGBT people in Cameroon

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03/18/2019

Humanity First Cameroon and Alternatives-Cameroon are two leading organizations advocating for human rights in Cameroon, with a particular focus on the rights of LGBT people. Working together and in cooperation with other groups throughout the country — namely Positive Vision, AAH, Alcondoms Cameroun and ASEMIR de l’Ouest — they have compiled a report on anti-LGBTI violence and rights violations in the country during 2018. Its title is “Ignorance.” The report documents 1,134 cases of violence and abuse against LGBT people during 2018 — almost twice the figure of 578 such cases reported in 2017. During the year, three people were murdered because of their real or suspected sexual orientation. In a case that shocked the LGBT community, Kenfack Tobi Aubin Parfait, 20, was murdered by his older brother who had suspected him of being gay.

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