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Nigeria denies fundamental rights to homosexuals

Postby Gravlen » Wed Jan 15, 2014 5:03 pm

New legislation, signed into law by the president without announcement, bans same-sex marriages, gay groups and shows of same-sex public affection.

It is already illegal to have gay sex in Nigeria - now same-sex couples could face up to 14 years in prison.

The new law recommends prison sentences of up to 10 years for anyone who participates in gay clubs or organisations and for same-sex couples who publicly show affection.

"Any person who registers, operates or participates in gay clubs, societies and organisations or directly or indirectly makes public show of same-sex amorous relationship in Nigeria commits an offence and shall each be liable on conviction to a term of 10 years in prison," the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Act says.

The act, which was adopted by the Senate in 2011 and passed by the lower house of parliament last May, was signed by President Goodluck Jonathan earlier this month.

"This is a law that is in line with the people's cultural and religious inclination. So it is a law that is a reflection of the beliefs and orientation of Nigerian people," presidential spokesman Reuben Abati told the Associated Press news agency.

According to AP, the few Nigerian gay and human rights activists who tried to give evidence last year during the parliamentary debate were heckled and booed until one broke into tears and another could not be heard.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-25728845

An Islamic court in Nigeria's northern state of Bauchi has put on trial 11 Muslim men accused of being homosexuals in violation of their religion, a religious leader has told the BBC.

A 12th person arrested - a Christian - would be tried under secular law, a BBC reporter says.

Under Islamic law, a person can be sentenced to death by stoning if convicted of homosexuality.

It is also illegal to have gay sex in Nigeria, according to its secular laws.

Earlier this month, President Goodluck Jonathan signed a parliamentary bill which tightens laws against homosexuals, banning same-sex marriages, gay groups and shows of same-sex public affection.

The new legislation applies across Nigeria, affecting all citizens.

Most states in the predominantly Muslim north of Nigeria have adopted Islamic law, known as Sharia, since the end of military rule in 1999.

Nigeria is a deeply conservative country, with an influential Christian evangelical movement in the south and strong support for Islamic law among many Muslims in the north.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-25749308

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/nigerian-leader-signs-law-banning-marriage/2014/01/13/83263b0c-7c71-11e3-97d3-b9925ce2c57b_story.html

Nigeria has decided to cross a line, with Muslims and Christians joining together to persecute homosexuals. This is such a blatant violation of human rights, and go so far (even non-homosexuals may be punished for supporting homosexuals) that in my opinion the international community must react in a strong and decisive manner. That includes condemnation, international pressure, and cutting off aid. This is totally unacceptable.

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Postby The Scientific States » Wed Jan 15, 2014 5:04 pm

This thread will either end in a gay marriage debate, or a flood of bigots coming to the thread, praising Nigeria. Or both.
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Postby The Sotoan Union » Wed Jan 15, 2014 5:05 pm

I like Nigeria.

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Postby Benuty » Wed Jan 15, 2014 5:06 pm

They give the Christian the option of Secular trial but not the Muslims....what?
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Postby Atelia » Wed Jan 15, 2014 5:06 pm

The Sotoan Union wrote:I like Nigeria.

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Postby Kamchastkia » Wed Jan 15, 2014 5:06 pm

Who could have possibly seen this coming! -.-

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Nigeria has been declared on multiple occasions the most homophobic nation on Earth, with apparently up to 98% of people polled expressing negative views of homosexuality.
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Postby Lydenburg » Wed Jan 15, 2014 5:06 pm

The Scientific States wrote:This thread will either end in a gay marriage debate, or a flood of bigots coming to the thread, praising Nigeria. Or both.


This. Besides, what else is new?

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Postby Divair » Wed Jan 15, 2014 5:07 pm

The Scientific States wrote:This thread will either end in a gay marriage debate, or a flood of bigots coming to the thread, praising Nigeria. Or both.

You timed that very, very well.
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Postby Costa Fierro » Wed Jan 15, 2014 5:07 pm

Well at least the Christians and Muslims aren't butchering each other.

But in all honesty, this really isn't surprising. Nigeria is populated by the sorts of backwards religious people that put the "mental" in "fundamentalism".
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Postby Benuty » Wed Jan 15, 2014 5:07 pm

The Sotoan Union wrote:I like Nigeria.

Try and convince me more.
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The Sotoan Union wrote:I like Nigeria.


I like human rights, therefore i hate Nigeria.
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The Scientific States wrote:
The Sotoan Union wrote:I like Nigeria.


I like human rights, therefore i hate Nigeria.

To be fair I blame ignorance and government manipulation (stating the obvious).
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Postby Luxew » Wed Jan 15, 2014 5:08 pm

*sigh*

Yet again, this "trend" continues. I wonder what next, the reintroduction of the Apartheid in South Africa and France revoking gay marriage (neither of these would ever happen, mind you).
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Postby Huangdiist Union » Wed Jan 15, 2014 5:08 pm

It's not a gay group, it's a "men's movie night."

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"Rights" are man-made. If you listen to what the people in favor of this say, they actually turn out some legitimate arguments.
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The Fraticelli Papacy wrote:"Rights" are man-made. If you listen to what the people in favor of this say, they actually turn out some legitimate arguments.


I smell bullshit.
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Luxew wrote:*sigh*

Yet again, this "trend" continues. I wonder what next, the reintroduction of the Apartheid in South Africa and France revoking gay marriage (neither of these would ever happen, mind you).

The latter is quite possible.
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The Fraticelli Papacy wrote:"Rights" are man-made. If you listen to what the people in favor of this say, they actually turn out some legitimate arguments.

No they don't.

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Postby The 93rd Coalition » Wed Jan 15, 2014 5:10 pm

That's a little... harsh.

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The Fraticelli Papacy wrote:"Rights" are man-made. If you listen to what the people in favor of this say, they actually turn out some legitimate arguments.

What? Like Sci, I smell something/
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The Scientific States wrote:
The Fraticelli Papacy wrote:"Rights" are man-made. If you listen to what the people in favor of this say, they actually turn out some legitimate arguments.


I smell bullshit.

Eh. The man has a point. Human rights are just that. Human. They are man made. Man giveth and man taketh away.

That being said.

Human rights are given to ALL humans, or they should be. So this is a no no. Also I have the Prince of Nigeria's email if you want it. He keeps sending me messages about winning a lottery.
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The Fraticelli Papacy wrote:"Rights" are man-made. If you listen to what the people in favor of this say, they actually turn out some legitimate arguments.

Like what?
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