Nigeria Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act: Global Day of ActionFebruary 12, 2014
On the 14th of January 2014, the world woke up to the shocking news that President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan of the Federal Republic of Nigeria had assented to the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill passed by the National Assembly of the country criminalising gay relationships and prescribing 14 years imprisonment for LGBT people in the country (the “Nigerian Anti-Gay Law”). The Nigerian Anti-same sex Law further criminalizes the witnessing or aiding of same sex relationships, as well as the direct or indirect public show of same sex “amorous relationship”.
Worse still, the Nigerian Anti-same sex Law imposes a prison sentence of 10 years on anyone who initiates or supports the registration of gay clubs, societies and organisations; or whose actions permit the sustenance, processions and meetings of gay people.
The UN Human Rights chief, Navi Pillay said of this law: “Rarely have I seen a piece of legislation that in so few paragraphs directly violates so many basic, universal human rights.”
Since the signing of the Nigerian Anti-same sex Law, a number of people have been arrested in Nigeria, especially in the north of the country. In Bauchi State alone, more than a dozen people were arrested under the Nigerian Anti-same sex Law and arraigned in court and in at least one instance, mobs threatened and pelted a courthouse with stones, after being unable to inflict violence on the accused persons. In the south of the country, mob violence against LGBT people has increased.
Today, the Nigerian LGBT community and their friends, families and allies live in an atmosphere of fear and insecurity. In the light of these disturbing facts, the Solidarity Alliance, Nigeria calls on the rest of the world to join in a Global Day of Action on the 7th of March 2014.
This is a global call to stand against violent and legalized homophobia, social injustice and systematic violation of fundamental human rights.
Join us, wherever you are in the world on the 7th of March 2014, from 11am-1pm, as we stand in solidarity against hate and discrimination.
Petition link- https://www.allout.org/en/actions/stand-with-nigeria-lgbt
Nigeria- Ifeanyi Kelly Orazulike
America- Michael Ighodaro
Europe- Bisi Alimi