Cameroon: Lawyer Wins Amnesty International Award For Defending Gay Rights

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Alice NkomA lawyer in Cameroon has been recognised for her work to promote gay rights in Africa with an award from Amnesty International.

Alice Nkom has spent a decade defending people accused of practising homosexuality.

Homosexual acts are illegal in Cameroon and carry a five-year prison term.

Ms Nkom described the award, which she received from the German branch of Amnesty International in Berlin on Tuesday, as a “prize of hope”.

“Being gay in Cameroon is like being in hell,” she told the BBC’s Newsday programme.

“Permanent jail, permanent harassment, permanent violence and discrimination. From your family to the workplace to everywhere.”

The 69-year-old lawyer became the first black woman to be called to the bar in Cameroon in 1969.

She vowed to continue her work despite being sent death threats and warnings from government officials that she could face imprisonment.

The campaign for gay rights in Africa has been hit…

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