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Tag Archive: Human rights

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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Dec 06 2013

Adieu, Nelson Mandela; the Great Madiba!

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Nelson Mandela was probably the first name I ever associated with Human rights during my childhood. His relentless struggle against apartheid nurtured in me the fire against injustice. I identified with his struggle for Freedom and Equality; he was my human right hero and a living lesson in compassion and forgiveness. To me, the name …

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Nov 03 2013

Blackface Is Not OK For Halloween Or Any Other Occasion!

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Blackface is not OK for Halloween, it is not OK for your themed parties and definitely not for dressing up as a murdered black teenager! I can’t believe we still have to educate some white people on why black face is never OK. It is surprising that even some supposedly progressive white friends on social …

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Oct 31 2013

Nigerian/African Anglican Bishops threaten to secede from Church of England over samesex marriage: A case of an apprentice arguing with the inventor about the contents of their invention

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It was widely reported that: “Anglican Bishops in Nigeria and the entire Bishops of Anglican communion in the entire Global South has threatened once again to pull out from the Church of England, if the Archbishop of Canterbury continues to recognize gay marriages, homosexuality, lesbianism and all other forms of social vices that permits same …

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Oct 21 2013

Reverse Racism and ‘Black on Black’ Racism are Nothing But Myths

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A few days ago, I posted this status update on my Facebook wall:  I was just on the phone with my Nigerian, UK based learned colleague who is a well established immigration lawyer in London, he was upset because a potential Nigerian client just informed him that he wouldn’t be needing his legal services anymore. …

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Oct 15 2013

“Batty Man, Lesbians and dem Atheists cause bad weather”: Encountering Sexism, Homophobia and Religious delusion in one move!

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It certainly was not one of those days when I looked forward to dealing with a sexist, homophobic bigot, not that I ever look forward to encountering any of that, but when ‘my dear one’ asked me to help supervise the van removal drivers that were to move her things to a new place, I …

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Oct 07 2013

THEY SAY IT IS CULTURE, I SAY IT IS TORTURE!

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They say it is culture I say it is torture Born a woman, a reason to be oppressed It is culture, a woman must be suppressed I must never be too forward They will only drag me backward As a woman I must learn to be submissive For a man has the power to be …

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Sep 30 2013

The Politics of Colour: Being an invisible minority within an invisible minority

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Bisexuals are not a very visible part of the LGBT community. Unfortunately biphobia is very much alive within the Lgbt community. This unfortunate issue has been cause for Bisexuals to come together to organize and gain more visibility in the LGBT community. When I moved to UK in 2009, I was eager to join the …

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