A Movement Attacked, A Leader Lost

The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission mourns the loss of Cameroonian activist, Eric Ohena Lembembe


I write to you while IGLHRC is in mourning. Eric Ohena Lembembe, a friend and a leader of the Cameroonian LGBTI movement, was found dead in his home in Yaoundé on July 15th with signs of torture to his body.

Though the Cameroonian LGBTI movement remains strong, the death of Eric, who was a journalist and the executive director of the Cameroonian Foundation for AIDS (CAMFAIDS), is a tragic loss.

Damian Ugwu, Regional Program Coordinator for Africa, wrote in a recent commentary in the Huffington Post, "News of the murder of Eric Ohena Lembembe…filtered in just as my colleagues and I were concluding activities on the first day of our human rights documentation training in Doula, Cameroon."

For more about how activists used the training as a space to grieve and hope, for information about the situation of Cameroonian LGBT communities, and most importantly, for information about Eric’s heroic life, click here.

In warmth and solidarity,

Jessica Stern
Executive Director