The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria does not specifically protect LGBT rights, but it does contain various provisions guaranteeing all citizens equal rights Section 17 2 a as well as other rights, including adequate medical and health care Section 17 3 d and equal opportunity in the workplace Section 17 3 a.
A June poll conducted by NOIPolls, prior to the enactment of the SSMPA, found that for moral and religious reasons, approximately 92 percent of Nigerians supported the proposed law, and did not see it as infringing on the human rights of the lesbian, gay, and bisexual community.
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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. Views Read Edit View history.
The proposed bill calls for five years imprisonment for anyone who undergoes, "performs, witnesses, aids, or abets" a same-sex marriage. Nigerian leaders unite against same-sex marriages. Opponents to the gay marriage in Nigeria believe that this practice is a Western ideology.
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They torture, force people to confess, and when they hear about a gathering of men, they just head over to make arrests. We were held at a police station. Many of the young gay men and lesbians interviewed by Human Rights Watch reported that since the SSMPA was passed, they have been set up by people they meet on social media.
In terms of the Human Rights Commission Act ofas amended inthe Commission enjoys quasi-judicial powers to summon persons, evidence, and to award compensation and enforce its decisions. For this reason, police would routinely come to their offices to inquire about their activities.
BBC News. Nigeria is a highly religious society, with its million people roughly divided in half between Christians and Muslims, though a significant number are also believed to follow regional religions.
These victims also did not report the crimes. When groups that provide health services, including HIV services, to marginalized populations shift their priorities, or even close down for fear of public shaming or worse, violent attack, the right to the highest attainable standard of health is grossly compromised.
However, there already existed a bill criminalizing homosexuality and questions were raised about the importance of the new bill. The statements set out below do not suggest that LGBT people did not experience sexual violence prior to the passage of the SSMPA; as indicated above, this reports finds that the law has made a bad situation worse.
Jason, a gay man in Lagos, met a man through a mobile phone dating app in January , and, after chatting with him, went to meet him at a hotel.