According to Human Rights Watch, "[i]n southern states, under the criminal code, consensual homosexual conduct can result in a year prison term" Human Rights Watch 29 Jan. Those attacked were in hiding and too scared to speak to reporters, he said, recounting their story.
A representative of a human rights organization in Nigeria told Human Rights Watch that there is also no space for robust public debate about the impact of the law. The report uses pseudonyms, unless otherwise noted, to protect interviewees against possible reprisals.
President Barack Obama's initiative to promote the rights of homosexuals has been rebuffed in Africa, where Uganda is also considering a draconian law carrying penalties of up to life imprisonment for certain gay acts.
Navy base shooting suspect was Saudi Arabian student. The walls of houses where the men lived have been painted with graffiti declaring "Homosexuals, pack and leave," he said. Those attacked were in hiding and too scared to speak to reporters, he said, recounting their story.
Those attacked are in hiding and too scared to speak to reporters, he said, recounting their story. A group of people armed with wooden clubs and iron bars, screaming that they were going to "cleanse" their neighborhood of gays, dragged 14 young men from their beds and assaulted them in the Nigerian capital city of Abuja, human rights activists said Saturday.
They were treated at a human rights group's clinic out of fear of being further harmed in a hospital.
The situation in Nigeria for its gay citizens continues to deteriorate. Amazon Smile. Sign up Log out news. Four of the victims were marched to a police station, where they allegedly were kicked and punched by police officers who yelled slurs at them, said Ifeanyi Orazulike of the International Center on Advocacy for the Right to Health.
A week earlier, the same court sentenced a man convicted of homosexual 'offenses' to be whipped 20 times in public.
According to Oscar, on their last day in detention, the police loaded them onto the back of an open police jeep and drove them around the city to show members of the public the gay men who had been arrested. As in most African countrie s , homosexuality has been illegal in Nigeria since the British colonial era, but convictions were rare.
For people who are open about their sexual orientation or gender identity, the law represents a direct threat.