Information on the conditions for LGBTI minorities in specific countries from global human rights organizations and other sources.
Between us: The complexities of Lesbians, Bisexual and Queer Women’s Organizing in Francophone Sub-Saharan Africa
August 2013, 32 pages
Between Us: The complexities of Lesbian, Bisexual and
Queer Women’s Organizing in Francophone Sub-Saharan
Africa is a compass to all who are struggling to work
within the complex landscape of sub-Saharan African
LBQWSW (lesbian, bisexual, queer, women who have sex with women) organising. This is a groundbreaking initiative
that points us towards, and keeps our focus on, the
right kind of support to give struggling communities and
emerging LBQWSW organizers in sub-Saharan Africa.
Although this report is based on case studies of
LBQWSW-led organizing work conducted in two different
francophone African regions, Cameroun and Togo,
we hope that the findings will give all readers a good idea
of what is obtainable in sub-Saharan Africa because of
the similarities in our socio-cultural and policy environments,
especially as they relate to sexual diversity and
2015, 184 pages
Hivos has officially released the publication Boldly Queer: African Perspectives on Same-sex Sexuality and Gender Diversity. The book is a rich collection of articles, essays, stories and photographs that highlight a growing understanding of LGBT rights struggles and realities on the African continent. Seventeen scholars, activists and writers from across Africa contributed to the book. What the contributions have in common is audacity and boldness, not accepting the status quo of suppression by conservative values, severe criminalisation or increased religiosity. In short, these contributions are “boldly queer”.
Februar 2015, 36 pages
This joined report deplore that threats and physical assaults against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersexual (LGBTI) human rights defenders in Cameroon have reached alarming proportions over the last few years.
The testimonies and analyses gathered during the fact-finding mission reflected an environment marked by overall insecurity and intimidation against health rights and LGBTI rights defenders, in a context of criminalisation of homosexuality.
The report is published by The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, (a joint FIDH-OMCT programme), together with MDHC, REDHAC and AMSHeR.
Report from the LGBT Rights Project by the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (2010).
Homosexuality is not illegal in Cambodia and there are no anti-gay religious traditions. However, LGBT persons in Cambodia still face discrimination and/or abuse from family members, employers, and police.
As a result of differences in language and culture, the concept of ‘homosexuality’ as understood in the West is not necessarily directly transferable and understandable in the Cambodian context. Rather, the Cambodian understanding of sexuality is derived from concepts of gender, character and personality. The focus on these character traits and outwardly visible characteristics instead of sexual orientation means that many Cambodians who are homosexual do not identify themselves as such. Among Buddhists, there is a general disposition to tolerate homosexuality. Because Cambodian culture is predominantly Buddhist, homosexuality, whilst seen as an oddity, does not attract the kind of aggressive reaction as can be seen in Christian or Muslim cultures. King Father Norodom Sihanouk has expressed public support for LGBT people but the views of other politicians have been mixed. The challenges faced by LGBT people in Cambodia have not been acknowledged by the Royal Government of Cambodia ("RGC") and do not seem to feature on the RGC agenda at all.
Rights abuses in Cameroon based on sexual orientation and gender identity
This 62-page report from 2010 details how the government uses article 347 bis of the Penal Code to deny basic rights to people perceived to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT). The report describes arrests, beatings by the police, abuses in prison, and a homophobic atmosphere that encourages shunning and abuse in the community. The consequence is that people are not punished for a specific outlawed practice, but for a homosexual identity, the groups said.