Alice Nkom

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Alice Nkom
Alice Nkom (2010)
Born 1945
Putkak, Cameroon
Nationality Cameroonian
Occupation lawyer
Known for LGBT advocacy, first black female lawyer in Cameroon

Alice Nkom (c. 1945-) is a Cameroonian lawyer, well known for her advocacy towards decriminalization of homosexuality in Cameroon.[1][2][3] She studied law in Toulouse and has been a lawyer in Douala [4] since 1969. At the age of 24, she was the first black woman called to the bar in Cameroon.[5]

Her work involved the defence in a variety of situations, including young victims of police violence, but she became best known for her defence of people accused of homosexuality (criminalized in Cameroon). In 2003 she founded ADEFHO: the Association for the Defence of Homosexuality.[6] For her achievements in the fight against an "anti-gay crackdown", she was listed number two in The New Yorker's "The Eight Most Fascinating Africans of 2012" ranking.[7]

In January 2011, she was threatened with arrest by a representative of Cameroon's Ministry of Communication after ADEFHO was awarded a €300,000 grant by the European Union.[8] Later that year, she represented Jean-Claude Roger Mbede, a man imprisoned for three years for "homosexuality and attempted homosexuality" following a series of SMS messages to a male acquaintance,[8] and who was named a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International.[9]

In 2006 and 2013, she was a keynote speaker at the Human Rights conferences that took place in conjunction with the OutGames, in Montréal Canada (2006) and Antwerp Belgium (2013).[10] In March 2014, Alice Nkom was awarded with the "7. Menschenrechtspreis" (7th human rights award) by the German section of Amnesty International.[11]

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  1. ^ Duparc, Agathe (2010-03-22). "Au Cameroun, une avocate dénonce la répression de l'homosexualité". Le Monde (in French). 
  2. ^ Flick (2011-01-19). "Campaña de hostigamiento contra Alice Nkom, luchadora a favor de los derechos de gays y lesbianas en Camerún". Dos Manzanas (in Spanish). 
  3. ^ "Cameroon Human Rights – Alice Nkom to be arrested". Cameroon Today. January 2011. 
  4. ^ BIO Speakers Human Rights Conference Antwerp, 2013
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  6. ^ Chonghaile, Clár Ní (2015-03-10). "Cameroon lawyer urges world to join her in fight against anti-gay legislation | Clár Ní Chonghaile". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-11-13. 
  7. ^ Okeowo, Alexis (2012-12-07). "The Eight Most Fascinating Africans of 2012". The New Yorker. ISSN 0028-792X. Retrieved 2017-11-13. 
  8. ^ a b Andrew Harmon (28 November 2011). "A Lone Activist Crusades for Change in Cameroon". The Advocate. Retrieved 25 December 2011. 
  9. ^ "Prisoner of Conscience, Imprisoned for Homosexuality". Amnesty International. 2011. Retrieved 25 December 2011. 
  10. ^ BIO Speakers at the Human Rights Conference in Antwerp, 2013
  11. ^ "7. Menschenrechtspreis (in German)". Amnesty International. 2014. Retrieved 19 March 2014. 

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