Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Human Rights Hero in Sunday's Rector's Forum

Steave Nemande

Cameroon is one of the large majority of African countries who still consider homosexuality an offence punishable by lengthy jail sentences and, in some cases, the death penalty. Steave Nemande, a medical doctor, is a fearlessly outspoken critic of laws criminalizing homosexuality.

Neamande is president of the human rights organization Alternatives-Cameroun, the first non-governmental organization fighting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity to be granted observer status by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. He also directs the Access Centre health care facility founded by Alternatives-Cameroun to care for HIV and AIDS victims within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.

Through Nemande’s efforts, the Centre has gathered nearly 2,000 signatures to petition the Cameroonian National Assembly to decriminalize same-sex relations. Human Rights Watch honors Nemande this year for his tireless work to promote and defend the rights of people in Africa.

Come to encourage him on his brave journey! Hear his amazing story in the All Saints Rector's Forum on Sunday, November 14th at 10:15 ... or watch it on our live stream here.

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