HOMOPHOBIC violence in Cameroon has reached unprecedented levels, and an on-line petition calling on President Paul Biya to put a halt to these gross abuses of human rights has so far attracted over 68,000 signatures.
The PTT is urging its supporters to sign the petition, and help support Alice N’Kom, pictured below, who is spearheading a campaign to halt Cameroon’s war on homosexuality.
Alice N'Kom is one of the only attorneys in Cameroon who defends people who've been jailed for the "crime" of being gay. She is the founder of the Association for the Defense of LGBT Rights in Cameroon (ADEFHO) in partnership with Alternatives-Cameroun
Earlier this year she revealed that “violence against gay people in Cameroon has skyrocketed to unprecedented levels: the situation is quickly becoming a crisis. The president of Cameroon can put a stop to this, and if he feels enough pressure he will do so.
“I'm watching police in Cameroon conduct an anti-gay crackdown – over 10 people have been arrested on charges of ‘homosexuality’ in the last months. One of them, Jean-Claude, has been sentenced to three years in prison merely for sending a text message to another man. I've heard countless recent stories of homophobic violence throughout the country. I'm 66, and in ten years of defending lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) people in Cameroon, it has never been this bad.
“Only one person can put an end to this gay bashing – President Paul Biya. He can stop the escalating crisis of homophobic roundups and attacks, and he can immediately release those arrested and call for the end of Cameroon's laws against homosexuality.
“Time is running out. I'm headed to Cameroon's capital, Yaoundé, to confront the President with these demands. He will not be able to ignore a powerful outcry from every corner of the globe. I am counting on your help.”