1,000,000 + Attorneys and Legal Staff - Legal employers hire more people on LawCrossing than any other site.
Argentina Blaming Cleary Gottlieb for Defaulting on Bonds
Argentina Blaming Cleary Gottlieb for Defaulting on Bonds
S&P Announces Argentina Defaulted
S&P Announces Argentina Defaulted
Children in Bolivia Legally Permitted to Work
Children in Bolivia Legally Permitted to Work
War Does Not Stop Law Firm Mergers in Israel
War Does Not Stop Law Firm Mergers in Israel
Job Listings

Nigeria Passes Law to Ban Gay Meetings

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Africa seems to be gearing up on criminalizing homosexuality. While a bill was passed in Uganda last month to punish “aggravated” homosexual acts with life imprisonment, Nigeria has now passed the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act which makes it illegal for gay people even to hold a meeting. On top of which homosexual clubs, associations and organizations have been criminalized with their leaders and members open to punishment of up to 14 years in imprisonment. The law was signed by President Goodluck Jonathan early this month, but went unannounced.

While almost 38 African countries – almost 70% of the continent – have laws for the persecution of gays, the recent spate of laws come with ever increasing terms of punishment. Uganda’s law of life imprisonment for homosexuality is still to be signed by the President, but little opposition is foreseen.

It is possible that international human rights activism is one of the reasons why the law in Nigeria was passed behind closed doors. Even though the law was initially passed by the House of Representatives in Nigeria unanimously, it was not announced either when it was passed or after the president of the country signed it in January.

Both United States and Britain have expressed disapproval of the law which can mean an exodus of gays from the country seeking asylum elsewhere. While a statement from the British High Commission mentioned the law “infringes upon fundamental rights of expression and association which are guaranteed by the Nigerian Constitution and by international agreements to which Nigeria is a party,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States is concerned and believes the law “dangerously restricts freedom of assembly association, and expression for all Nigerians.”

What

 job title, keywords

Where

 city, state, zip



Get JD Journal in Your Mail
Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!


The requirement of the new law was unclear for many, as Nigeria already has a law that makes homosexuality unclear. It is possible that the law may be used against associations and activist organizations by branding dissenters as gay and putting them in prison while breaking up organizations not in favor of political regimes.

Any other use of the new law is hard to fathom as Nigeria’s existent law allows gays and lesbians to be stoned to death.

Nigeria President Jonathan Goodluck’s spokesperson clarified, “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 … Nigerians are pleased with it.”

In protest, Canada has canceled Jonathan Goodluck’s state visits.

Summary:

Nigeria has now passed the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act which imposes a ban on gay meetings. Further to which, homosexual clubs, associations and organizations have been criminalized with their leaders with punishment of up to 14 years in imprisonment. This law was signed by President Goodluck Jonathan early this month, but went unannounced.

Image Credit: Wikimedia

Nigeria Passes Law to Ban Gay Meetings by

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Tagged: , , , ,

Posted by on January 20, 2014. Filed under World News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

 

 

Job of the Day
Real Estate Associate
USA-TX-Dallas

Our client is a north Dallas law firm who seeks a Real Estate Development Associate.  The ideal candidate will have 2-4 years law firm experience concentrated in representing real estate develope...