Prominent LGBT Activist Beaten To Death In Cameroon
Eric Lembembe’s killing follows several acts of vandalism against human rights groups in the area.
Eric Ohena Lembembe, a gay rights activist and journalist, was found dead after being beaten in his home on July 15th in Yaoundé, Cameroon.
Lembembe’s friends discovered his body on Monday evening after being unable to reach him by telephone for two days, and went to his home. They found his front door padlocked on the outside, but could see Lembembe's body lying on his bed through the window. Lembembe's friends alerted the police, who broke down the door. According to one friend, Lembembe's neck and feet appeared to have been broken, and his face, hands, and feet had been burned with an iron.
At the time of his death, he was serving as Executive Director of the Cameroonian Foundation For AIDS (Camfaids):
The advocacy group fights for human rights for the LGBT community in Cameroon, as well as working against the spread of AIDS. Homosexual acts are illegal in Cameroon.
Lembembe’s killing follows several acts of vandalism on human rights offices in the area.
Via: Dylan Martinez / Reuters
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