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Murder of FannyAnn Eddy

FannyAnn Eddy, founder of the Sierra Leone Lesbian and Gay Association and a lesbian rights activist across Africa was brutally murdered on the 29th September. FannyAnn was repeatedly raped, stabbed and her neck broken as she worked late into the night in the offices of the SLLGA.

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“FannyAnn Eddy was a person of extraordinary bravery and integrity, who literally put her life on the line for human rights,” Scott Long of Human Rights Watch.

Eddy had founded the Sierra Leone Lesbian and Gay Association in 2002. The group provided social and psychological support to a fearful and underground community. Eddy herself, however, was a visible and courageous figure, lobbying government ministers to address the health and human rights needs of men who have sex with men and women who have sex with women.

Human Rights Watch: In April, Eddy was part of a delegation of sexual-rights activists whom Human Rights Watch and the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) helped attend the annual session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Geneva. Eddy met with her own government’s delegation, and testified to the Commission about lesbian and gay rights in what she called “my beloved Sierra Leone.”

“We face constant harassment and violence from neighbors and others,” she told the U.N. Commission on Human Rights. “Their homophobic attacks go unpunished by authorities, further encouraging their
discriminatory and violent treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.”

Eddy and her organization documented harassment, beatings and arbitrary arrests of lesbian, gay and transgender people in Sierra Leone.

FannyAnn Eddy’s testimony at the UN Commisson on Human Rights

In Memory of FannyAnn

2 Comments

  1. Anne Hughes

    Vigil in London Following Brutal Murder of African Gay
    Leader

    Tuesday 9th November at 7pm.

    272-274 Oxford Street London W1C
    on the corner of Oxford St
    and Holles Street.

    Following the brutal rape and murder of courageous
    lesbian activist Fannyann Eddy on September 29th 2004,
    a vigil will be held in central London.

    Fannyann Eddy, 30, was murdered while working late at
    the offices of the Sierra Leone Lesbian and Gay
    Association (SLLAGA) in Freetown, which she founded in
    2002. After being repeatedly raped and stabbed her
    neck was broken. The assailants have not been caught.

    Backed by prominent international activists including
    Peter Tatchell and OutRage! the candlelight vigil aims
    to send a message of peace and hope to those
    campaigning against homophobia in Africa and a clear
    sign to UK representatives of repressive regimes that
    this crime has not been ignored by the international
    community.

    Tribute speeches will be read out on behalf of
    international gay and human rights organisations such
    as Amnesty International and Behind The Mask. The
    vigil will end with a walking procession to the Sierra
    Leone High Commission where a wreath will be laid for
    Fannyann.

    “Fannyann fought for queer human rights, despite
    threats and great personal danger. Thanks to her
    efforts, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual people
    in Sierra Leone have begun to achieve visibility.”
    Peter Tatchell of OutRage!

    “The lesbian and gay community of Sierra Leone is in
    deep shock and totally frightened by this event.” Hans
    Binswanger, Senior Advisor on the Africa Region for
    the World Bank.

    “We are encouraging members and concerned human rights
    activists all around the world to attend the vigil… to
    let the world know that as a first step toward
    changing the climate of violence and discrimination
    against LGBT people in many parts of the world, we are
    asking heads of states to initiate a debate on
    repealing laws that criminalise sexual relations
    between consenting adults.” Jimmy Leon Co-ordinator
    for African Rapport and Educator Activist for Amnesty
    International USA

    CONTACT INFORMATION:
    Claire Benjamin
    London Vigil for Fannyann Eddy
    Email cb3773@yahoo.com

  2. NK

    Can u plz give me some info about your group. I am Fannyann’s cousin that resides in Canada. She refered to me in one of her interviews that was posted on the web.
    Thanks