More than two-thirds of African countries have laws criminalizing homosexual acts, and despite accounting for a significant percentage of new infections in many countries, men who have sex with men tend to be left out of the HIV response. "[They] are going underground; they are hiding themselves and continuing to fuel the epidemic," UNAIDS executive director Michél Sidibé told IRIN/PlusNews recently. "We need to make sure these vulnerable groups have the same rights everyone enjoys: access to information, care and prevention for them and their families." IRIN/PlusNews has compiled a short list of human rights violations against gay Africans:
On the occasion of African Women’s Day, the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) & Media Rights Agenda draw the attention of the Nigerian authorities to the urgent need to address the situation of women & girls victims of gender-based violence.
The proposed Bill "to Prohibit Marriage between Persons of Same Gender, Solemnization of Same and for Other Matters Related Therewith" in Nigeria dramatically increase vulnerability to HIV infection of people practicing same-sex sex.
La ministre nigériane de la Femme et du Développement social, Mme Salamatu Suleiman, a fait la révélation à l'occasion de la 53ème session de la Commission pour le statut des femmes (CSW) qui s'est tenue au siège des Nations unies à New York.
The Bill singles out one group of people to be deprived of rights that all people enjoy as guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution and international human rights treaties to which Nigeria is a state party.
Many divorcees are expected to attend a mass rally in Kano city organised by the National Association of Divorcees, Widows and the Orphans of Nigeria, to protest the growing divorce rate and "insufficient husbands in Kano State."
Just 26 percent of girls in northern Nigeria make it beyond primary school, according to the UN Children's Fund, and local NGOs estimate that most of those who leave do so because their families marry them off.