2014-01-15

Dozens arrested for being gay in north Nigeria - New York News

Dozens arrested for being gay in north Nigeria - New York News
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) - First the police targeted the gay men, then tortured them into naming dozens of others who now are being hunted down, human rights activists said Tuesday, warning that such persecution will rise under a new Nigerian law. The men's alleged crime? Belonging to a gay organization. The punishment? Up to 10 years in jail under the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act, which has elicited international condemnation for criminalizing gay marriage, gay organizations and anyone working with or promoting them. There were varying accounts of how many arrests were made in Nigeria's Bauchi state ...