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Nigerian Anti-gay law ‘deeply disappointing’

New law is an attack on fundamental freedoms and contradicts the constitution


The Kaleidoscope Trust today voiced its deep disappointment with the introduction of the Nigerian Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act. Signed into law by President Goodluck Jonathan, the law imposes sentences of up to 14 years in prison for anyone who enters into a same-sex marriage.


Concerningly the law will also ban "gay groups . . . and organisations" with penalties of up to 10 years prison. This potentially criminalises LGBT organisations and could act to deter mainstream human rights and health organisations from working with LGBT communities.


Speaking on behalf of the Trust, Rev Ijeoma Ajibade said:  "


This law is a serious assault against the freedom of expression and freedom of association of Nigerians. It is a violation of the human rights of LGBT people and runs counter to the Nigerian constitution.


It also poses serious risks to the fight against HIV/AIDS, making it incredibly difficult for organisations to work with LGBT people, who are amongst those most vulnerable to infection.


Both this law and the law in Uganda are acting to radically undermine fundamental human rights and create a dangerous trend.