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Gay rights group wants US Ambassador recalled

20 February 2014, 14:40Okoro Chinedu

Lagos – Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the United States’ lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, called on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to recall the nation’s ambassador to Nigeria.

The organisation urged for the recall of James Entwistle to be recalled together with his Ugandan counterpart over alleged violation of the rights of gays and lesbians in the two countries.

“The Ugandan and Nigerian governments’ decisions to treat their LGBT citizens like criminals cannot be accepted as business as usual by the U.S. government. We urge Secretary Kerry to recall both Ambassadors for consultations in Washington to make clear the seriousness of the situation in both countries,” stated HRC President, Chad Griffin.

Griffin described the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act as dreadful.

“An equally horrific law was signed by Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan in January,” Griffin stated on Thursday.

The law criminalizes same-sex marriage, punishes homosexuality with jail terms of up to 14 years, and threatens any person who supports or is a member of an LGBT organization with 10 years’ imprisonment.
Since the law was enacted, Nigerian activists and human rights groups have reported dozens of LGBT individuals have been arrested, many of who work to combat HIV/AIDS in the country. It has also been reported LGBT Nigerians were facing blackmail by the police and mob violence.

HRC is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

– CAJ News

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