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Tag Archive: Human rights

Apr 07 2014

Archbishop of Canterbury irresponsibly blames the atrocities of Boko Haram on same-sex Marriage

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The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, speaking on an LBC phone-in program suggested that African Christians will be killed if the Church of England accepts gay marriage. According to the Freethinker, he claimed he had stood by a mass grave in Nigeria of 330 Christians who had been massacred by neighbours who had justified the atrocity …

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Mar 18 2014

Yours truly is the newest patron of The Pink Triangle Trust

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I am honoured to be appointed the newest patron of the Pink Triangle Trust. The Pink Triangle Trust has been promoting Humanism and LGBT Rights for over 22 years.  As stated on its website, The Pink Triangle Trust (PTT) is a charitable trust (Registered Charity No. 1015629) set up in 1992 to advance the education …

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Mar 08 2014

Don’t Call Me A MAN, It Is Not A Compliment. Happy International Women’s Day!

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“Man is defined as a human being and a woman as a female – whenever she behaves as a human being she is said to imitate the male.” Simone de Beauvoir.  As we celebrate International Women’s Day, the words of Simone de Beauvoir ring loud in my ears. As someone who became fiercely politically active …

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Feb 26 2014

Breeding the likes of Isabirya Richard via Religion, Homophobia and Anti-LGBT laws in Africa

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When my attention was drawn to the facebook posts of Isabirya Richard, I seriously felt like puking and giving up on humanity. Isabirya Richard openly called for the stoning of gays. He mentioned names and posted pictures of people he thought were gays or gay supporters and publicly asked for them to be killed. He …

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Feb 07 2014

Dear friend, I’m going to prison. Protest rally against Nigeria’s Anti-LGBT Law.

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Dear friend, I’m just writing to say goodbye. I’m going to prison, for 14 years, for being gay and Nigerian. And if you associate with me, or don’t report me, whether you are straight, gay or bisexual, you face 10 years too…

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Jan 27 2014

Open Letter To Chairperson, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)

27 January, 2014 Dear Dr. Chidi Odinkalu, It is with deep concern that I write this open letter to you to register my dismay at the continued silence of your office on the recently signed Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act. It is surprising that as Chairperson of the Governing body of National Human Rights Commission, …

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Jan 26 2014

Venting my concerns over Nigeria’s new Anti-LGBT Law

If only I could physically slap some sense into the hypocrites parading themselves as Nigerian lawmakers and the ignoramuses who are celebrating the ‘Jail the Gays’ bill! They had better be warned, the battle line has been drawn. Logic will supersede their infamous ignorance and Love shall triumph over their hate. Enjoy the TV interview. …

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Jan 16 2014

Stupid, homophobic arguments in support of Nigeria’s ‘Jail the Gays’ law:1-The West should legalize polygamy before they impose gay agenda on Africans!

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It is no longer news that Nigeria’s president, Goodluck Jonathan, has signed the ‘Jail the Gays’ bill into law. The Same Sex Marriage Prohibition law stipulates a 14 years jail term for same-sex marriage and 10 years imprisonment for public show of same-sex affection. The legislation stipulates a 10 year imprisonment for anyone who aids, …

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Jan 15 2014

Nigerian LGBTIs in Diaspora condemns signing of the ‘Jail the Gays’ bill.

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PRESS STATEMENT – Nigeria’s ‘Jail the Gays’ legislation is a blatant violation of fundamental human rights of Sexual minorities and every Nigerian. http://wp.me/p1YdPM-b7 January 15, 2014-  Nigerian LGBTIs in Diaspora Against Anti Same-Sex Laws unequivocally condemns the signing into law of the draconian Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition bill by President Goodluck Jonathan. Nigerian Lawmaker unanimously passed …

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Jan 13 2014

Gay Cameroonian, Roger Jean-Claude Mbédé, imprisoned for sending love text message to same-sex person, dies.

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This is so depressing! Roger Jean-Claude Mbédé, the Cameroonian who was imprisoned for sending a text message declaring his love for another man, has died on Friday 10 January, in Cameroon. He was sent to prison in March 2011 for sending a text message declaring his love for another adult human.  The message was a …

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Jan 02 2014

My New Year Resolution

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I am not one for New Year resolutions, but I do believe in learning from the lessons of the previous year to make the New Year a better year. They say if life serves you lemons, make lemonades. Well, while I appreciate this point of view, I think in 2013, I tried to apply it …

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Dec 20 2013

Nigerian and Ugandan Lawmakers: The Passing of the Anti-Homosexuality Bills

Ugandan Parliament’s idea of putting Christ back in Christmas was to present LGBT Ugandans with a gift of life Imprisonment! The parliament has now passed the anti homosexuality bill that was first presented before the house in 2009. In April 2009, the Ugandan Parliament passed a resolution allowing Member of Parliament (MP) David Bahati to …

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Dec 17 2013

Sex Workers Need Rights Not Rescue!

December 17th is International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. From a feminist and also a trade unionist perspective, I know supporting Sex Workers’ Rights is the logical thing to do. As I wrote in my blog post ‘Organising Sex Workers Within Mainstream Labour Movement’,  the stigmatization and consequent exploitation of sex workers would …

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Dec 14 2013

India and the Re-criminalization of Same-Sex Relationships

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I was shocked and dismayed when I received the news that India has re-criminalized same sex relationships. On Dec 11, 2013, the Republic of India Supreme Court overruled the  2009 landmark decision of the High court. Although I was aware that the 2009 victory has been challenged in the court by some religious bigots and …

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Dec 07 2013

The Dictators Are Not Only Those

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The Dictators Are Not Only Those…A poem dedicated to a dear friend COMRADE OLAITAN OYERINDE. He was assassinated on May 4, 2012 at about 2am at his residence in the Government Reservation Area, Benin, Nigeria. At the time of his death, he was the private secretary of the Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole. …

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