“In addition to targeting same-sex relations, the law targets the work of human rights defenders, effectively criminalising their work,” she added.
The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIER), a Nigeria-based LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) organization, tweeted that “government should think about development and not sex between two consensual adults. In December, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Assocation (ILGA) said that Nigeria’s law “will not only incite increased violence against LGBT people, but it will also justify and legalize that violence”. Pew Research Center found that 98 percent of Nigerians believe society should not accept homosexuality, making the country the world’s least tolerant when it comes to LGBT issues.
Membership or support of gay organizations, associations or clubs carries a penalty of up to 10 years’ imprisonment.
The new law reflects a highly religious and conservative society that largely considers homosexuality a deviation.
In areas of northern Nigeria law is enforced by Islamic Shariah courts and homosexuals can be stoned to death.
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