Alice Nkom (2010)
|Known for||LGBT advocacy, first black female lawyer in Cameroon|
Alice Nkom is a Cameroonian lawyer, well known for her advocacy towards decriminalization of homosexuality in Cameroon. She studied law in Toulouse and has been a lawyer in Douala since 1969. At the age of 24, she was the first black woman called to the bar in Cameroon.
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, and she became more and more the shining example of a "ally to the LGBT cause".
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. 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, and who was named a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International.
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). In March 2014, Alice Nkom was awarded with the "7. Menschenrechtspreis" (7th human rights award) by the German section of Amnesty International.
- Duparc, Agathe (2010-03-22). "Au Cameroun, une avocate dénonce la répression de l'homosexualité". Le Monde (in French).
- 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).
- "Cameroon Human Rights – Alice Nkom to be arrested". Cameroon Today. January 2011.
- BIO Speakers Human Rights Conference Antwerp, 2013
- Andrew Harmon (28 November 2011). "A Lone Activist Crusades for Change in Cameroon". The Advocate. Retrieved 25 December 2011.
- "Prisoner of Conscience, Imprisoned for Homosexuality". Amnesty International. 2011. Retrieved 25 December 2011.
- BIO Speakers at the Human Rights Conference in Antwerp, 2013
- "7. Menschenrechtspreis (in German)". Amnesty International. 2014. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
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