Accessibility links Skip to article Skip to navigation. Indeed, numerous peer educators who provide services to gay men and other MSM in Abuja, Lagos, and Delta State told Human Rights Watch that the police routinely use possession of condoms and lubricant as evidence of homosexual identity and therefore a criminal offence.
Caroline Bettinger-Lopez. The five-to-four ruling, which extends to U. The Nigerian Constitution guarantees the fundamental right of every person to assemble freely, associate with others, and to form or belong to any association.
Sign in. He was appointed by Babangida on 26 th August Please enter your comment! In the states of Kano and Katsina, "any female person who dresses or is attired in the fashion of a man in a public place" is a vagabond. Protecting Rights, Saving Lives Human Rights Watch defends the rights of people in 90 countries worldwide, spotlighting abuses and bringing perpetrators to justice.
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.
The beating would last for maybe 30 minutes or more. But Nigeria's law reflects a highly religious and conservative society that considers homosexuality a deviation. Hungary and the Czech Republic, however, do recognize same-sex partnerships; ina Budapest court ruled that same-sex marriages performed abroad must be recognized as partnerships.
Polling by Afrobarometer between and found that 78 percent [PDF] of Africans across thirty-four countries were intolerant of homosexuality. Lawmakers in Thailand and Vietnam have considered bills to legalize same-sex marriage or civil partnerships.
The cities were chosen based on the presence of non-governmental organizations and community-based activists. We were held at a police station. In Brief by Stephen Sestanovich August 17, Human Rights Watch interviewed eight of the 21 young men who were arrested, but not formally charged, at the birthday party in May in Ibadan.