Geuzen Medal 2017 for Alice Nkom and Michel Togué
The Geuzen Medal for 2017 is to Alice Nkom and
Michel Togué, two lawyers from Cameroon.Very few lawyers in Cameroon are prepared to defend gays, lesbians,
bisexuals and transgender people; two lawyers who are prepared to defend them
are Alice Nkom and Michel Togué. Despite receiving serious threats, they
continue to do so unabated. After all, it concerns one of the universal human
rights: the prohibition of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.
ceremony was held on Monday, 13 March 2017 in the Grote Kerk (Great Church)
of Vlaardingen. The Geuzen Medal is awarded as a tribute to people and
organisations working for human rights and who oppose dictatorship,
discrimination and racism.
Boris Dittrich, director of Human Rights Watch, presented the Geuzenpenning
to Nkom and Togué.