Nigeria’s War on Gayness
Posted on Mar 11, 2009
Not only would a proposed Nigerian law mean prison for gay people who live together, but also anyone who “aids and abets” them. A giant step beyond outlawing gay sex, the law would give police the power to arrest suspected cohabiting gays as well as human rights workers who deal with gay rights.
Nigerian gay rights activists have told the country’s lawmakers that a new bill to outlaw same sex marriage would lead to widespread human rights abuses.
The new law would mean prison sentences for gay people who live together, and anyone who “aids and abets” them.
The plea by activists was made to a public committee of the National Assembly which is discussing the bill.
It is already illegal to have gay sex in Nigeria but the new law would extend police powers to arrest suspects.
Under the proposed law, gay rights activists like Rashidi Williams, shown here addressing Nigeria’s National Assembly, would be at risk of arrest.