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Alice Nkom

Alice Nkom

HRD, President
Association pour la Défense de l'Homosexualité (ADEFHO)

This is a fight for human rights. Its does not pit African traditions against western traditions or the colonised against colonisers. Africa has the same universal values and belongs to humanity. It is not separate, and neither is Cameroon.

Alice Nkom is a human rights lawyer as well as founder and president of Association pour la Défense de l'Homosexualité (ADEFHO), an association working against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

In Cameroon, human rights defenders and journalists critical of the government are particularly targeted and often face harassment. HRDs working on minority and land issues as well as those working on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersexed (LGBTI) rights are particularly vulnerable. Security forces have tortured, beat, harassed, and abused citizens, journalists, detainees and human rights defenders, especially those who are members of the LGBTI community. Governmental authorities have also impeded the effectiveness of human rights NGOs by disrupting their gatherings, harassing and threatening violence against their members, in addition to violently dispersing peaceful demonstrations.


Alice Nkom