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London rally urges: Repeal Nigeria’s anti-LGBTI laws

London rally urges: Repeal Nigeria’s anti-LGBTI laws

Petition with over 65,000 signatures demands LGBTI equality in Nigeria


Nearly 100 people rallied outside the Nigerian High Commission in London on 30 September. They handed in a petition with over 65,000 signatures, urging Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari to repeal of all Nigeria’s anti-LGBTI laws. The embassy refused to take the petition, instead locking the doors.

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The rally was organised by Nigerian lesbian activist Aderonke Apata, with the support of the African LGBTI organisation, Out and Proud Diamond Group, and the Peter Tatchell Foundation.

“Since the insidious 2014 anti-LGBTI law was passed in Nigeria, there have been waves of police arrests and torture, anti-LGBTI mob attacks, public whippings, evictions from homes, harassment and discrimination against ‘suspected’ LGBTIs. Equality advocacy organisations and activists in Nigeria are not spared mistreatment,” said Aderonke Apata.

“Growing up in Nigeria, I was unable to disclose my sexuality, yet unable to hide it. The culture in Nigeria makes it clear that being gay or transgender is a sin, a sentiment that is fuelled by homophobic messages from faith communities, political leaders, families, and schools. I took these messages in, identified with them, and carried the shame of being a lesbian woman in Nigeria. I was arrested, tortured and extorted by the Nigerian Police. I demand a repeal of this toxic law,” she said.

Edwin Sesange, Director African LGBTI organisation Out and Proud Diamond Group said:

“We urge Nigerian President Buhari and his government to repeal the anti-gay laws in Nigeria. He was elected by many people including LGBTI Nigerians and should therefore stand up for their rights. I call upon the African Union to speak out against these anti-gay laws that violate its own charter. It is time for them to stand together with the oppressed, rather than looking on when fellow Africans are being persecuted because of their sexuality or gender identity.”
Pliny Soocoormanee of the human rights organisation, the Peter Tatchell Foundation added:

“Under a nineteenth century law imposed by the British colonial administration, male homosexuality is punishable in Nigeria by a sentence of 14 years imprisonment.”

“More recently, a draconian new anti-LGBTI law – the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill – was signed into law in January 2014. It is one of the harshest and most punitive of the many laws in nearly 80 countries that criminalise Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people.

“This draconian anti-LGBTI law prohibits same-sex marriage with a penalty of up to 14 years in prison. It also stipulates 10 years jail for public displays of same-sex affection and 10 years for membership or support of LGBTI equality and advocacy groups.

“These two repressive laws are a toxic abuse of the human rights of Nigerian LGBTI people. They violate the non-discrimination clause (Article 42) of the Nigerian Constitution, Articles 2 and 3 of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights, and the equality provisions of the Commonwealth Charter, to which Nigeria is a signatory and which the country has pledged to uphold and respect,” said Mr Soocoormanee.

Further information:

Peter Tatchell
Director, Peter Tatchell Foundation
0207 403 1790

Doctors Without Borders: Kunduz Airstrike Was ‘War Crime’

The burned Doctors Without Borders hospital is seen after explosions in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz, on Saturday. Doctors Without Borders says 12 staff members and 10 patients were killed in the attack and 37 others wounded. (photo: AP)
The burned Doctors Without Borders hospital is seen after explosions in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz, on Saturday. Doctors Without Borders says 12 staff members and 10 patients were killed in the attack and 37 others wounded. (photo: AP)


Scott Neuman | NPR | Reader Supported News | October 5, 2015

ATO in Afghanistan says it will lead an investigation into an airstrike in Kunduz this weekend that hit a Médecins Sans Frontières hospital, killing 22 people — an attack that the humanitarian organization, also known as Doctors Without Borders, has called “a war crime.”

A U.S.-led airstrike on the northern Afghan city was carried out on Saturday but the circumstances surrounding it remain murky. NATO acknowledges only that the raid occurred near the charity’s hospital.

As we reported yesterday, a spokesman for U.S. forces in Afghanistan released a statement saying that the strike “may have resulted in collateral damage to a nearby medical facility.”

The NATO coalition says it “has directed a preliminary multi-national investigation known as a Casualty Assessment Team.” It says that an initial investigation would be complete in “a matter of days.”

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UN Annual Meeting: End LGBT Violence


Associated Press | South Florida Gay News | September 30, 2015

A dozen U.N. agencies have issued an unprecedented joint call for countries to end violence against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

Tuesday’s statement comes as world leaders gather to address an annual U.N. meeting.

The agencies for human rights, refugees, children, health, food and more say they are “seriously concerned” that millions of people around the world face widespread human rights violations.

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LGBT people with dementia struggle to find welcoming aged care, research finds

| The Age | September 22, 2015

When Paul Wenn told his life partner Tony Walsh his doctor had suggested Paul should go to a memory clinic, they both had a good laugh.

But then Paul forgot to go. And when Tony realised he had slowly assumed all responsibility for running their household, they knew the changes in Paul were serious.

“Sexuality is not a rinse colour you put through your hair.”

On the evening of the day Paul was diagnosed with Lewy Body dementia they went out for dinner and resolved to live fully, while it was still possible: they did15 cruises, international travel, no slowing down.

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Report of US military ignoring abuse of boys by Afghan soldiers sparks outrage


RT America | September 22, 2015

A recent report has brought to light how US forces in Afghanistan turned a blind eye to allies abusing local boys. RT’s Lindsay France discusses the alleged repercussions United States soldiers face if they intervene and the military’s stance on sexual abuse.

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Police in Bali investigating gay wedding

Asia One | September 21, 2015

Police are investigating a recent gay wedding celebration in a hotel in Ubud, Bali, although the couple has already left the island for the US.

“They left Bali on Saturday. The men are a US citizen and an Indonesian citizen who were married in the US. They came here to celebrate their wedding,” Bali Police chief Isp. Gen. Sugeng Prayitno said on Thursday.

He said the wedding celebration must have been organised well before Saturday.Photos of the couple’s traditional Balinese wedding ceremony have been circulating in the media.

In one of the photos, the couple, dressed in pink beskap (traditional suits) and blue sarongs, are seen standing in front of a Hindu priest who is believed to have led the ceremony.

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Cayman Islands anti-gay laws to be challenged in court

Dr Raznovich previously helped organise a series of free public lectures in the Cayman Islands (YouTube)


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A gay lecturer who faces deportation from the Cayman Islands aims to challenge the territory’s anti-gay legislation in court.


Leonardo Raznovich recently lost his job lecturing law at the Truman Bodden Law School in The Cayman Islands.

He believes this was because of his participation in a series of lectures aimed at tackling LGBT rights in the Caymans that took place in January – and drew criticism from some lawmakers in the country.

Now unemployed, the educator is no longer allowed to remain on the island on a working permit.

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 PinkNews | Septemeber 10, 2015


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