most comprehensively homophobic legislation ever proposed
From Pink News
legislation currently being debated by politicians in Nigeria could
be the most serious crackdown on the rights of gay and lesbian
people since the Iranian revolution.
The Prohibition of Relationships Between Persons of the Same Sex,
Celebration of Marriage by Them, and for Other Matters Connected
Therewith, is the title of the bill.
It has been approved by the Nigerian Federal Executive Council and
is now before the National Assembly. It is expected to be passed and
become law shortly.
The president, Olusegun Obasanjo, controls the Executive Council and
his Nigerian People's Party has a majority in the both the Senate
and House of Representatives. Although a centrist party, they derive
most of their support from the Christian south of the country, and
the Anglican church played an active role in promoting this
Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell contacted PinkNews.co.uk to
draw attention to the nature of the new legislation, which has the
active backing of other Christian churches in Nigeria, the most
populous country in Africa: The bill outlaws almost every
expression, affirmation and celebration of gay identity and
sexuality, and prohibits the provision of sympathetic advice and
welfare support to lesbians and gay men. This draconian
measure will outlaw membership of a gay group, attending a gay
meeting or protest, advocating gay equality.
Donating money to a gay organisation, hosting or visiting a gay
website, the publication or possession of gay safer sex advice,
renting or selling a property to a gay couple, expressions of
same-sex love in letters or emails, attending a same-sex marriage or
blessing ceremony, screening or watching a gay movie, taking or
possessing photos of a gay couple, and publishing, selling or
loaning a gay book or video.
The new law carries an automatic five year jail sentence for those
who break it.
protests of governments and human rights activists, the Nigerian
government have pressed ahead with the new laws, which are in
contravention of various international treaties. Homosexuality is
already illegal in the country. Nigeria's criminal code penalises
consensual homosexual conduct between adults with 14 years
The Anglican Church, who have a huge powerbase in Nigeria, have been
key in promoting this bill. The church has been increasingly vocal
about its disapproval of the position of women and gay men in the
English and American churches.
The bill currently being debated in the Nigerian parliament, is
the most comprehensively homophobic legislation ever proposed in any
country in the world," said Peter Tatchell: We appeal to gay
and human rights groups worldwide to take urgent action to press the
Nigerian government to uphold international human rights law and to
drop this draconian legislation.
United Nations Against Nigeria
United Nations Press Release
Nations human rights experts Friday
Nigerian law banning gay marriage and tightening laws criminalizing
homosexuality in the country.