Amnesty Urges Jonathan To Reject Anti-Gay Bill

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gay99989009Amnesty International has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to withhold his assent to a bill that would outlaw gay marriage and crackdown on gay rights after the National Assembly Tuesday approved a final version for his signature.

This was sequel to the adoption of the harmonization of the differences in the House of Representatives and Senate’s separate versions of the legislation.

According to Aster van Kregten, Amnesty International’s Africa Deputy Director “This discriminatory bill, which not only criminalises same-sex marriage but also makes public displays of affection and even socialising in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and inter-sex community illegal, must be rejected by the President.

“If the President signs the bill into law it would make Nigeria one of the least tolerant societies in the world and have catastrophic consequences for the country’s LGBTI community and human rights organisations”, Kregten added.

Under Section 5 of the bill: “Persons who entered into a same s*x marriage contract or civil union commit an offence and are each liable on conviction to a term of 14 years in prison”.

Also, sub-section 2 states: “Any person, who registers, operates or participates in gay clubs, societies and organisations or directly or indirectly make public show of same s*x amorous relationship in Nigeria commits an offence and shall each be liable on conviction to a term of 10 years in prison”.

In a country that prides itself as highly religious, it is not known yet whether President Jonathan will bow to pressure from the international community and withhold assent to the bill but some European countries, such as the United Kingdom, has warned that it will withhold aid to any African country that criminalizes same sex marriage.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. funny people, the same aid they are using to bribe and corrupt our public officials? They should keep it to themselves we dont need unimpacting aid from Us or Uk. The presidency should pass the bill. I will be grossly offended to see some gay make pass @ me. thats an infringment on morality. We dont want it in our society. These insane westerners our government officials are stealing us dry aand there is no sanction because the money is actually ending up in thier coffers. Bloody hypocrites

  2. Stupid pple, hw can som1 say d president shud nt sign d bill, we dnt need sam sex marriage in our country n dats final..so d uk can keep dia useless aid we neva liked dem in d frst place..d are baberians.Enough is enough 4 dis white monkeys…fools

  3. Heiiiii this kine thing na wa oooo
    how people go look weting no dey right dey canvass for am say make president no pass such bill in2 law.
    Na waooo. This world don end.
    God have mercy on us and do not let our president bow to their pressure.This bill must be passed in2 law.And let the UK and the US keep their aid we do not need such aid from them.

  4. We must put hands together,work togerther,live together and embrace our L.G.B.T community to pressurize our president not to finally sign the bill.

    Nigeria is a big country that every one should allow to exercise his sexual orientation.

  5. Human Right watch is dedicated to protecting the human right of people around the world.It is better that everybody should stand and speak against persecutions and discrimination based on ones sexual orientation.

    We ask the public and the international community to support human rights and also pressurize Mr president Goodluck Jonathan to reject the anti gay bill pass by the National Assembly.

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