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At Least 40 Gay Men Arrested On First Day of Homosexuality Criminalization In Nigeria

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Yesterday Nigeria’s President Jonathan Goodluck signed a law mandating 14 years prison time for anyone entered into a same-sex marriage or civil union and 10 years in prison for anyone who participates or operates a gay club or organization, or shows any indication that they are in a same-sex relationship.

And already according to the AP the arrests have begun:

Dorothy Aken’Ova is executive director of Nigeria’s International Center for Reproductive Health and Sexual Rights. She said Tuesday the new law, already being dubbed the “Jail the Gays” law, will endanger and even criminalize programs fighting HIV-AIDS in the gay community.

She said police in Bauchi state have a list of 168 purportedly gay men, of whom 38 have been arrested recently.

Jonathan’s spokesman confirmed Monday he signed the act providing penalties of up to 14 years in jail for same-sex marriage and up to 10 years’ imprisonment for membership or encouragement of gay organizations.

Nigeria receives about 625 Million dollars a year in aid from the United States and is one of  most corrupt countries in the world.

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2 thoughts on “At Least 40 Gay Men Arrested On First Day of Homosexuality Criminalization In Nigeria”

  1. Aid must be conditional upon proper distribution to people in need, elimination of corruption, and upon human rights being upheld across the board.

    $625 million? Outrageous! The aid tap must be turned off forthwith until full civil equality is given to ALL minorities in all countries expecting to receive handouts and sanctions must be applied to these and other countries that persecute LGBT and other minorities.

    I have cancelled all my regular donations to charities for countries where these regimes operate. I do not wish to pay money that doesn’t end up in the right place, or which is being used to prop up regimes that imprison LGBT.

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