i) Current campaigns and actions

Return

Nigeria: urgent call for support

This ac tion alert was issued by ARC International on 1.3.07.

Dear friends,

As you may know, a Nigerian Bill which would effectively criminalize public and private acts of same-sex expression and affection, including direct and indirect advocacy and support, is at a critical stage.

The following call for support, developed in collaboration with a number of organisations including the Nigerian group INCRESE, Global Rights and Human Rights Watch, is intended to assist community-members in approaching supportive governments which may be willing to express concerns to the Nigerian Senate and government. Feel free to forward this message to others who may be interested.

Please note that it is support from governments that is requested - letters from individuals living outside the region to Nigerian Senators could be counterproductive and have the opposite effect.

In solidarity and support,

John
---------------------------------------------------
John Fisher
Co-Director, ARC International
Ph: +41-22-733-4705
john@arc-international.net

Nigeria: urgent call for support

What's up?

It appears that the Nigerian Bill, which would effectively criminalize public and private acts of same-sex expression and affection, including direct and indirect advocacy and support, continues to move forward in both the Nigerian House of Representatives and Senate, and could be adopted at any time. There is some chance that it may be rejected by the Senate, and a new public hearing before the Judiciary Committee of the Senate should be scheduled for next week. The Bill would severely undermine the human rights and safety of members of the Nigerian LGBT communities, would affect civil liberties in the country and could be used as a tool for political repression more generally.

What can I do?

It is crucial for supportive governments to express their concerns directly to the Nigeria's State institutions about the negative impact that adoption of the Bill would have upon international perceptions of Nigeria's approach to human rights, the democratic process and basic principles of fairness, the rule of law and non-discrimination. This is especially important at the moment because the Nigerian Senate is more sensitive to these issues and could positively respond to external pressures. We have provided contact details for key Nigerian Senators below, to assist your government in approaching them. (Please do not write to these e-mail addresses as an individual - colleagues in Nigeria advise that that would likely be counterproductive and have the opposite effect.) If your government is supportive of human rights for LGBT people, please contact your Foreign Ministry and urge them to raise these concerns directly with the Nigerian Senate and government.

How can I do that?

You can find contact details for your Foreign Ministry at: http://www.ssrc.org/gsc/datasphere/ministries.htm

A sample message you can send to your Foreign Ministry by fax or e-mail is set out below. Feel free to adapt or customize this message in whatever way you feel may be most persuasive to your government.

Thank you for your urgent support!
-------------------------------------
Sample message to your Foreign Ministry:

I am writing to seek your support on an urgent matter.

We understand that the Nigerian Bill, which would criminalize public and private acts of same-sex expression, affection and advocacy, continues to move forward in both the Nigerian House of Representatives and Senate, and could be adopted at any time.

This Bill has already generated significant international concern. On February 23, 2007, a joint statement was issued by four independent UN experts: the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Human Rights Defenders, the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, and the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.

In their statement, these experts express the view that the Bill violates international law, and "heightens the potential for stigmatization, discrimination and intolerance against individuals for their actual and imputed sexual orientation or their gender identity, raising serious concerns regarding their protection. ... The Bill is likely to undermine HIV/AIDS education and prevention efforts by driving stigmatized communities underground". The concerns of these UN experts were heightened by Nigeria's continued defence of the death penalty for homosexuality.
(http://www.unhchr.ch/huricane/huricane.nsf/view01/A8F5CC6EAC2D6C52C125728B0054CD9B?opendocument)

The implication and the aims of the bill are so broad that it could easily be used to promote censorship or as a punitive tool that would undermine the democratic process of the country. The way the debate in both Chambers of the Parliament has been accelerated raises concerns: this situation highlights the lack of transparency and serious risk for democracy in Nigeria, especially considering that the Bill potentially erodes civil liberties and human rights at one of the most delicate moments for the democratic life of the country.

In view of the urgency of the situation, a strong response from the international community is imperative. As a government which supports human rights and non-discrimination, we urge you to contact Nigeria to express deep concern about the negative impact that adoption of the Bill would have upon international perceptions of Nigeria's approach to human rights, the democratic process and basic principles of fairness, the rule of law and non-discrimination.

Please copy your expression of concern to the following members of the Senate and the Government:

President of the Senate:
Senator Ken Nnamani
National Assembly Complex
Three Arms Zone
P.M.B. 141 Abuja
knnamani@nassnig.org

Deputy President of the Senate:
Senator Ibrahim Mantu
National Assembly Complex
Three Arms Zone
P.M.B. 141 Abuja
imantu@nassnig.org

Chairman of the Judiciary Committee
Senator Oserheimen Osunbor
National Assembly Complex
Three Arms Zone
P.M.B. 141 Abuja
oosunbor@nassnig.org

Vice Chairman of the Judiciary Committee
Senator Julius Ucha
National Assembly Complex
Three Arms Zone
P.M.B. 141 Abuja
jucha@nassnig.org

President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
His Excellency Olusegum Obasanjo
The Presidency
Aso Rock
Abuja, Nigeria
FAX: 234-9-314-1061 or 234-9-234-7546

Federal Minister of Justice:
Chief Bayo Ojo
Federal Secretariat Towers (5th & 10thfloors)
Shehu Shagari Way, Central Area
P.M.B. 192, Garki, Abuja
FAX: 234-9-5235194

cc. Members of the Judiciary Committee of the Senate:
Senator Udoma Udoma: uudoma@nassnig.org
Senator Dalhatu Tafida: dtafida@nassnig.org
Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba: vndomegba@nassnig.org
Senator Tawar Wada: twada@nassnig.org
Senator Abubakar Sodangi: asodangi@nassnig.org
Senator Saidu Dansadau: sdansadau@nassnig.org
Senator Iyabode Anisulowo: ianisulowo@nassnig.org
Senator Timothy Adudu: tadudu@nassnig.org
Senator Ike Ekweremadu: iekweremadu@nassnig.org

Thank you for any support you can bring to this urgent matter, and we would appreciate being advised of the response.

Sincere regards.


[ Email This Article ]

Return

 

Comments

Even animals respect God's order. You cannot, as a matter of fact, reverse what God instituted from creation-Man & Woman and not Man & Man or Woman & woman.

I put it to you that you are on collision course with God almighty. Take it or leave it!

Repent and change my dear friends. Jesus awaits your decision and your YES to Him.

Lots of Love.

Bath.


Posted by: Bath on Nov 16, 07 | 3:22 am

Tiffanysjewellery.co.uk provides our customers with various kinds of fantastic, handcrafted links of london charm which are appealing to their refined tastes. Feel difficult to find your favorite Tiffany jewelry like earrings? United Kingdom online store Tiffanysjewellery.co.uk is your best destination. links of london are well known for their highest quality and characteristic designs. We have added 200+ links of london charmjewellery for our customers at hot price.<br>


Posted by: IT Certification on Jun 09, 09 | 12:36 am

The collection of discount gucci shoes sale also includes a selection of
gucci shop.One example of these would be the Gucci riding boots.These ebony calfskin knee-high boot are considered to be an excellent riding boot that canít be matched by other styles.However,they do carry a rather high price tag as well.If you are searching for the best wats to show your personality then try expressing your feeling with a great pair of Gucci shoes.


Posted by: gucci shoes on Nov 11, 09 | 6:51 am

<a title="louis vuitton" href="http://www.favorluxury.com/">louis vuitton</a> has gained and maintained its leading position over the past decades as a brand name of luxuries goods in the world fashion industry. <a title="louis vuitton" href="http://www.favorluxury.com/">louis vuitton</a>


Posted by: buaizoukai on Dec 17, 09 | 9:30 pm

Please log in to post a comment.


Notify me when someone replies to this post?