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.
“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.