Nigeria’s Sharia police arrest 12 over ‘gay wedding’ and HRC urges Obama to take tough action against anti-gay Gambian leaders

By Junior Mayema,

“The United States cannot turn a blind eye to the horrific human rights abuses being inflicted and perpetrated against a particular society group called the LGBT community in many countries around the world if we don’t want holocaust victims to let die  twice , we must stop this and NOW “Those who lost their lives included six million Jews and five million more people murdered because of their nationality, ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliations or religious beliefs,”.

David Cameron remembers gay victims of the Nazis on Holocaust Memorial Day

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2015/01/27/david-cameron-remembers-gay-victims-of-the-nazis-on-holocaust-memorial-day/

 

http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/gay-victims-holocaust-we-will-remember-you270115

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/holocaust-victims-must-not-be-let-die-twice-says-president-1.2079189

Nowadays gay people continue to be sentenced to death in some part of the world and the international community do nothing about it, this picture below is about how Iran executes  gay men

And all of this is being done in the name of religion and God, this is incredible, attacks are happening everywhere including here in the USA especially now that the Supreme court want to legalize gay marriage,

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) today condemned U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-New Jersey) for his anti-gay comments during today’s House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Africa hearing on Nigeria.

Smith said he does “not construe homosexual rights as human rights,” and continued to question whether U.S. opposition to anti-LGBT legislation had negatively impacted the U.S.’s engagement in Nigeria. The Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on Human Rights should know better. LGBT rights are human rights.

– See more at: http://www.sdgln.com/news/2015/01/27/hrc-condemns-rep-chris-smith-s-rejection-lgbt-rights-human-rights#sthash.fogSxHRT.dpuf

This is an attack on LGBT people worldwide especially in the african continent where the danger of being openly gay is getting worse and life threatening,

The Obama administration and the Department of State – Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor must hold this extremist accountable for fueling crime against humanity against LGBT people so if LGBT rights are not human rights then it means , we LGBT people are not human beings terrible beyond words and the British started with this during colonization now the americans are leading the world on exporting homophobia worldwide and at home here very soon, we will have a civil war if the supreme court grant samesex marriage the legal recognition that it deserves.

here are just some example on what are happening the USA so far :

Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice vows to uphold state’s gay marriage ban – See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/alabama-supreme-court-chief-justice-vows-uphold-states-gay-marriage-ban280115#sthash.rpbAIXrB.dpuf

State Rep. Sally Kern says anti-gay bills are an effort to support traditional values

http://www.tulsaworld.com/homepagelatest/state-rep-sally-kern-says-anti-gay-bills-are-an/article_321f4535-c107-5b13-9346-5b3feb14182e.html

LGBT people continue to face death threats and discrimination even in countries of sanctuary  :

Nigeria’s most popular gay, Bisi Alimi, says he is a marked man at the moment as he has been receiving death threats from different people who are hell bent on killing him.

http://pulse.ng/gist/bisi-alimi-popular-gay-nigerian-gets-death-threat-id3434386.html

It is about time for the international community to step in and take the rights of LGBT people has a 1 one priority of all priorities, this is not about creating special rights  but this is about segment of inhabitants of this planet earth  that continue to  be denied the right ti life, freedom and the pursuit of happiness with governments cracking down on the ability of LGBT people to live their lives with dignity and fundamental human rights especial;y in Africa that is now considered as the cradle of homophobia and the reservoir of the majority of countries of the world that criminalize being gay including in South Africa where there are rights on papers but in the reality, people are being killed as a result of being openly gays and the languages itself describe being gay as perversion fueling prejudices because it is very offensive :

IsiXhosa, an indigenous South African language spoken by 23% of the population, these words only exist in derogatory terms.

There is the ubiquitous “moffie”, an Afrikaans slang word meaning “faggot” or “acts like a girl.” Its origin is in Afrikaans but it’s used across all the South African languages.

The IsiXhosa word “talese” is also used to talk about people who are gender non-conforming, particularly men. This word means “hermaphrodite” and is often used as catch-all term.

There also used to be a popular term “nongay’ndoda” in Xhosa, used to refer to ‘butch’ women who don’t conform to stereotypical femininity, even if they are straight. Like most words meant to disrespect, they don’t differentiate.

The words we use to talk about LGBTI issues and the terms we use to classify sexual identity come from the English language.

IsiXhosa, an indigenous South African language spoken by 23% of the population, these words only exist in derogatory terms.

There is the ubiquitous “moffie”, an Afrikaans slang word meaning “faggot” or “acts like a girl.” Its origin is in Afrikaans but it’s used across all the South African languages.

The IsiXhosa word “talese” is also used to talk about people who are gender non-conforming, particularly men. This word means “hermaphrodite” and is often used as catch-all term.

There also used to be a popular term “nongay’ndoda” in Xhosa, used to refer to ‘butch’ women who don’t conform to stereotypical femininity, even if they are straight. Like most words meant to disrespect, they don’t differentiate.

Growing up it was clear from the way I looked that I was gay, but I had no language to talk about sexual identity until my late teens. There was no concrete articulation of being gay, and I have often struggled with terms like gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) in my mother tongue.

The words we use to talk about LGBTI issues and the terms we use to classify sexual identity come from the English language.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/27/-sp-south-africa-gay-lesbian-bisexual-lgbti-language-isixhosa

This is about time now or never for the international community to monitoring this human rights violations that keep on being perpetrated with impunity,  here are two story about the situation in Africa :

http://www.timeslive.co.za/africa/2015/01/27/nigeria-s-sharia-police-arrest-12-over-gay-wedding

The Islamic law-enforcement agency, the Hisbah, said on Tuesday. The suspects, most of them teenagers, were detained on Monday at a popular resort on the outskirts of the city, said the head of the Hisbah, Aminu Daurawa.

Homosexuality is banned under federal law in Nigeria, where last year new legislation was passed outlawing same-sex marriages and the promotion of civil unions.

In northern states, where Sharia runs parallel to the state and federal justice system, homosexuality is punishable by death, although the sentence is rarely, if ever, enforced.

“We have 12 men in custody, including the bride. We arrested them at the venue of a planned gay wedding,” Daurawa told AFP.

“We got information of the wedding four days earlier and our men stormed the venue while the wedding was about to start.”

Many guests escaped during the raid, he added.

But one of the participants, 18-year-old Faruk Maiduguri, told reporters at the Hisbah offices that he and his friends were only celebrating his birthday.

“It was my birthday party, not a gay wedding,” he said in tears.

Daurawa said the suspects, who came from Kano, the northern cities of Maiduguri, Kaduna and Bauchi, and Ibadan and Osogbo in the southwest, “looked and acted feminine”, which prompted their arrest.

It was not clear whether they would be charged but their families had been summoned, he added.

In January last year, more than a dozen men suspected of organising a gay wedding were arrested and charged in Bauchi by the Sharia agency.

Some of them were discharged while others were released on bail.

Nigeria’s Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act carries penalties of up to 14 years in jail for anyone confirmed to be in a gay union.

The government said the legislation reflected public opinion in religiously conversative Nigeria, which is split almost evenly between a mainly Muslim north and predominantly Christian south.

But gay rights activists in Nigeria and abroad, the United Nations and Western countries, including the United States, attacked the law as a breach of human rights

And here is the next story :

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2015/01/27/hrc-urges-obama-to-take-tough-action-against-anti-gay-gambian-leaders/

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has joined 13 other human rights groups in urging the Obama Administration to take additional action against Gambian leaders following the regime’s ongoing crackdown and persecution of LGBT citizens.

Earlier this month, the President of Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, said gay people “want to impose homosexuality on the globe, they are doomed”.

“The United States cannot turn a blind eye to the horrific human rights abuses being inflicted on Gambians by President Yahya Jammeh’s regime,” said Ty Cobb, Director of HRC Global.  “As we speak, the lives of LGBT Gambians who have been arrested and secretly detained are at risk, and there are no indications that Jammeh’s brutal crackdown on LGBT people and others is slowing down.

“While removing The Gambia’s eligibility for the AGOA trade agreement was an important first step, we must increase the pressure on the Gambian government and send an even stronger message to the regime that the United States will hold them accountable for their actions.”

In December, the White House announced that it has suspended The Gambia’s eligibility for trade benefits under the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA).

Mr Jammeh has previously said that gay people are “vermin” and that homosexuality is one of the greatest threats facing humanity.

An attempted coup against Mr Jammeh’s government failed at the end of December.

Prior to that the President signed a new bill which calls for life imprisonment for people caught engaging in same-sex sexual activity.

And here is yet another related story :

Nine young gay men, attacked by mob, arrested and tortured by Uganda police – See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/nine-young-gay-men-attacked-mob-arrested-and-tortured-uganda-police280115#sthash.y57VZJNg.dpuf

Nine young gay men, who were attacked by a homophobic mob, were arrested by Uganda police and tortured while in jail.

They could face charges of sodomy, and could be punished with life imprisonment.

On 15 January, the Rainbow Health Foundation helped the nine men go to an STI screening and treatment visit to a rural area in western Uganda.

After being tested, some of the young men went to go visit a friend, but an anti-gay mob soon gathered with the intention of beating or killing them.

Police initially detained the men to protect them, and began the consideration of filing sodomy charges against them.

But as they were doing this, the mob was not deterred.

‘The mob kept increasing. They followed the boys to the police station, chanting and saying, “Show them no mercy,”‘ Dismus Aine Kevin, director of the RGF, told 76 Crimes.

He said the ‘angry mob made it clear they wanted to break down the police doors’ to get at the young men.

Police took the boys from the local station to district police headquarters, with the mob increasing ‘by the minute’.

Reinforcements were called in, and armed police officers arrived with a vehicle. When the young men were taken to a much more secure district police station, they were put in cells.

During that time, they were subject to an ‘anal examination’. These procedures, which ‘doctors’ claim the larger the width of the whole the more ‘likely’ the person is gay, have been deemed scientifically nonsensical and human rights organizations have condemned these tests as being inconclusive, degrading and a form of torture’.

Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum and the Defenders Protection Initiative spent five days trying to free the young men, but were eventually successful on 20 January.

The local council chairman, who confirmed what had occurred has been quoted as saying he wished at least two of them had been killed, so the others ‘would learn a lesson’.

Due to the lack of finances, the men had no option but to return home and to possibly face being attacked again.

76Crimes.com’s Denis LeBlanc said: ‘The young men are living in fear for their lives. Some are house hopping, others are hiding in fields; these young men are in real danger should they be found.’

– See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/nine-young-gay-men-attacked-mob-arrested-and-tortured-uganda-police280115#sthash.y57VZJNg.dpuf

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