An NGO reported several assassinations of homosexuals in recent weeks in Cameroon. Two transgender women were also arrested and jailed. In the US, BLM activists showed no interest in the news. Instead they were focused on changing the sex of minors.
While all eyes are on the US for the Senate confirmation hearings in which Rachel Levine – President Joe Biden’s transsexual pick as Assistant Secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) – advocated puberty blockers and medical intervention to change the sex of minors, the news of scores of transsexuals being killed in Africa, went unnoticed.
The Idaho France Committee, an NGO, which fights against homophobia, notably reported several cases of homosexual murders in Cameroon, which have occurred over the past two weeks, according to France24, on February 23.
The president of the Idaho France Committee, Alexandre Marcel, indicated that three homosexuals were recently killed in the country: a couple, murdered in Yaoundé, a fortnight ago; and a man killed on February 22 in Douala. According to the same source, this happened because of the sexual orientation of the victims.
“There is no information circulating. No local media is talking about it. We know what is happening, because we are alerted by associative networks and LGBT activists who report these cases to us,” said Alexandre Marcel. The latter also noted “at present, a resurgence of homophobia in Africa and particularly in Cameroon”. He added that “because of the Covid-19 pandemic, homosexuals are forced to be in their families and can no longer have privacy. Things more easily become known.”
For her part, Alice Nkom, lawyer and president of the Association for the Defense of Homosexual Rights (Adefho) in Cameroon, reported the existence of a file for which she is responsible: an arrest, on February 8, of two transsexual women. The arrested, accused of homosexuality and private indecency, were in a restaurant when they were arrested.
“According to our information, they are both chained and deprived of food in prison,” the site lgbtphobies.org reported. Several African countries, such as Mauritania, Nigeria or Somalia, still punish homosexuality with the death penalty. But even a friendly legal framework provides no protection in Africa.
Last year, on South Africa’s Human Rights Day a 16-year-old lesbian was stabbed to death by three men after she accidentally bumped into one of them. She is one one of many facing death because of her sexual orientation on the continent. “I have always kept her by my side fearing for her life,” the distraught mother told South African daily, Daily Voice. “I feared that she might be a victim of ‘corrective rape’. I never thought she would be killed like this.” Ironically, in 1996 when the ANC came into power, South Africa became the first country to include sexual orientation in its constitution as a status protected from discrimination.
In Washington, Senator Rand Paul, who had grilled Levine during the hearing, noted that most genital mutilation is not carried out by force but voluntarily, but by social norm. “American culture is now normalizing the idea that minors can be given hormones to prevent the biological development of their secondary sexual characteristics,” he said. “Genital mutilation has been nearly universally condemned. According to the WHO, genital mutilation is recognized internationally as a violation of human rights.
“Genital mutilation is considered particularly egregious because, as the WHO notes, it is almost always carried out on minors and is a violation of the rights of children.” Tweets promoting genital mutilation has meanwhile been tolerated by on Twitter, while Paul is being attacked in the media for launching a “transphobic rant”.
Despite Paul’s serious misgivings, Levine is likely going to sail through confirmation with Republican support. Speaking with a man’s voice last year, Levine justified limitless BLM protests while calling for Covid-19 restrictions for small businesses. The shutdown in Pennsylvania has been deemed unconstitutional, tyrannical, and ruinous for the state economy.
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