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Nigeria’s Prohibition of Same-Sex Marriage Bill violates human rights

On 29th November 2011 in Nigeria the Prohibition of Same-Sex Marriage Bill went unopposed through the Senate – the country’s highest chamber. Under the new bill, same-sex couples entering into either marriage or cohabitation would face jail terms of up to 14 years. Those “witnessing” or “abetting” such relationships would also face custodial sentences, and groups that advocate for gay and lesbian rights could also be penalized for up to 10 years. The bill as approved, criminalizes the provision of HIV prevention intervention services for sexual minorities in Nigeria since CSOs and NGOs providing these services would be considered to (more…)