The Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Act criminalises all forms of same-sex unions and same-sex marriage throughout the country. Legislative News During its third UPR cycle in August, the stakeholders summary report stated that Nigeria has not supported any of the recommendations from the previous review that inter alia related to the repealing of the laws that discriminating based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
As of November, a hotel owner and two staff were awaiting trial on charges of aiding and abetting homosexual activities contrary to Section 5 2 of the SSMPA. Police in northern Nigeria detained four men over the Christmas holidays and allegedly tortured them until they named others belonging to a gay organisation.
The overwhelming majority of Nigerians objected to same-sex relationships, on the basis of their deeply held religious, cultural and moral beliefs, against which no government could successfully legislate.
In the states of Bauchi, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto, Yobe, and Zamfara, "any male person who dresses or is attired in the fashion of a woman in a public place or who practises sodomy as a means of livelihood or as a profession" is a vagabond.
In General Comment No. Nigeria has obligations under international and regional human rights treaties that it has ratified to guarantee the rights to freedom of expression, association, and peaceful assembly to everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, and to ensure that any restrictions imposed on these freedoms are not discriminatory.
Proposals to constitutionally ban same-sex marriage compacted with severe penalties to those convicted of performing or participating in such, have twice surfaced. Many LGBT individuals interviewed by Human Rights Watch said that prior to the enactment of the SSMPA in Januarythe general public objected to homosexuality primarily on the basis of religious beliefs and perceptions of what constitutes African culture and tradition.
Okay, thanks. However, once Jason entered the hotel room, six men barged in and began beating him. In the first reported incident of mob violence in Abuja, police officers accompanied the mob.
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