It compromises the right to the highest attainable standard of health, both through prohibiting the existence of health and HIV prevention groups composed of LGBT people, and through imposing risks for individual LGBT people who seek health services that may require revealing their sexual orientation.
Human rights groups and United Nations officials expressed grave concern about the scope the law, its vague provisions, and the severity of punishments. The Shari'a criminal laws apply to those who voluntarily consent to the jurisdiction of the Shari'a courts and to all Muslims.
Clive, a gay man who lives in Abuja, told Human Rights Watch that since the law was passed, a lot of community members have gone back into hiding because of fear.
Nigerian sentenced to death for admitting to gay relations. Abortion Corruption Demographics Organized crime Sharia. Retrieved 23 August Department of State. Africa Live: More on this and other stories. The Shari'a criminal laws apply to those who voluntarily consent to the jurisdiction of the Shari'a courts and to all Muslims.
Retrieved on July 21, Nigerian authorities should act swiftly to protect LGBT people from violence, whether by state or non-state actors. Attendance at church meetings, however, is risky. Human Rights Watch does not have evidence proving that the former president of Nigeria issued such instructions to members of the public.
We interviewed two persons who identify as transgender women and since we did not conduct any interviews with intersex persons, the acronym used throughout the report is LGBT. Nigeria is one of a small number of countries which has gone against a global trend.
For the first three days we had no food or water. Section provides that a male person who dresses or is attired in the fashion of a woman in a public place or who practises sodomy as a means of livelihood or as a profession is a "vagabond". Published 10 February Punitive legal environments, stigma, and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, together with high levels of physical, psychological, or sexual violence against gay men and other men who have sex with men MSM , impedes sustainable national responses to HIV.
In respect of allegations of torture in detention, the UN Committee against Torture has recognized that discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and transgender identity may render this group particularly vulnerable to torture.