Protests against Nigeria’s harsh new anti-gay law are planned for Friday, March 7, in at least 14 cities worldwide.
The new law provides for prison sentences of 10 years for belonging to a gay organization, supporting same-sex marriages, and public displays of same-sex affection, and 14 years for getting married to a member of the same sex.
“Rarely have I seen a piece of legislation that in so few paragraphs directly violates so many basic, universal human rights,” said U.N. human rights chief Navi Pillay.
Dozens of people have been arrested on homosexuality-related charges since the bill was passed in December, using the previously existing Nigerian law that calls for a 14-year prison sentence for homosexual acts involving either men or women, except…
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