Thanks so very much for signing my petition to Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari to repeal the draconian and homophobic anti-gay law in Nigeria. We have got so far, nearly 80,000 signatures in total! We can do with more. Our campaign to Repeal Nigerian Anti-Gay Law depends on people like you spreading the word. Sign and share the petition now!
Please join us at the petition delivery event. Details here.
Nigeria Anti-Gay Law titled The “Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, 2011” was signed-in in early January 2014. It is the harshest and most punitive of the over 76 countries that criminalise Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTIs) people across the world.
This draconian Anti-Gay Law, prohibits same-sex marriage with up to 14 years in prison, 10 years for same-sex “amorous relationships” and 10 years for membership of LGBTI rights and or LGBTI equality advocacy groups respectively.
This law is toxic and a violation of the non-discriminatory and equality absolute rights of Nigerian LGBTIs as contained in Article 42 of the Nigerian Constitution and Articles 2, 3 and 5 respectively of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights, the Commonwealth charter and other international Acts which Nigeria is a signatory to uphold and respect.
Under existing Nigerian federal law, sodomy is punishable by jail, but this Anti-Gay law legislates for much wider discrimination, inequality and restrictions on LGBTIs, who already live in fear.
Since this insidious law was passed, there have been waves of police arrests and torture, anti LGBTI mob attacks, public whippings, evictions from homes, harassment and discrimination of ‘suspected’ LGBTIs across Nigeria. Many people have fled their country, Equality advocacy organisations and activists in Nigeria are not spared mistreatment.
It’s about time to let President Buhari know that freedom lovers like you, all over the world demand for equal rights and freedom of the minority LGBTIQ people in Nigeria. Love should be a beautiful experience not death threat.
You can also sign the petition here: https://www.causes.com/campaigns/94176-repeal-nigerian-anti-gay-law
Let’s come out en mass on Wednesday, 30/09/2015 in solidarity, get to the Nigeria High Commission in London WC2N 5BX; deliver the petition signatures and pressure Muhammadu Buhari to uphold the human rights of his nation’s citizens.
Let’s make it a rainbow event! Bring your banners, balloons flags etc.
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