The Initiative For Equal Rights

2014 Human Rights violation based on SOGI in Nigeria

Human Rights Violation 2014 2014


On the 7th of January 2014, the Nigeria President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan signed the same sex marriage law after the approval of the Federal House of Representative and Senate. These info-graphs provide a visual documentation of human Rights violation documented in 2014 by six LGBT rights organization in Nigeria.

Since the signing of the law, the socio-political climate has become a lot more hostile towards same-sex loving people. From the highly negative public sentiments and statements to the overzealous brutality of both state and non-state actors, such as the police, the judiciary, and communities many LGBT people live in constant state of fear.

From January to December, TIERs and other organisations have documented 105 human rights violations in different parts of Nigeria involving over 140 people. These cases demonstrate the increased risk and vulnerability of LGBT or perceived LGBT persons.  For them, the fear of persecutions, police brutality and mob attacks are a daily reality.

TIERs and other Sexual Health and Human Rights organisations in Nigeria will continue to highlight the human and health rights impact of the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Act (SSMPA).

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