Nigeria

In Kumbwada, a curse has assured that only women will reign, locals say. And so far, the current queen pronounces, it has worked out better this way. In Nigeria's conservative Islamic north, women are barred from ruling, except in the kingdom of Kumbwada. Here, an ancient curse keeps males off the throne, according to locals. Male pretenders who dare to try will be buried within a week.

A Sharia Court sitting in Kaduna has ordered the immediate suspension of all debates on the amputation of Bello Buba Jangebe on online sites - Facebook and Twitter. In 2000, Jangebe made history as the first person in Nigeria to have an amputation carried out under Islamic law after being found guilty of stealing a cow. The judge had a few weeks ago issued a restraining order in favour of the applicants to prevent a non-governmental organisation (NGO), the Civil Rights Congress (CRC) (defendants), from discussing Jangebe’s case in a forum opened by the group on Facebook and Twitter. Please see Related info below for background to Sharia Penal Codes in Nigeria.

Le président par intérim du Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan devrait garantir l'ouverture dans les plus brefs délais d'une enquête exhaustive sur  le massacre d'au moins 200 villageois chrétiens dans le centre du pays le 7 mars, ainsi que l'engagement de poursuites judiciaires contre toute personne responsable, a déclaré Human Rights Watch aujourd'hui. Le président par intérim devrait également s'assurer que les militaires et la police agiront promptement pour protéger les civils - quelle que soit leur ethnie - contre tout risque de nouvelles attaques ou de meurtres commis en représailles, notamment grâce à la mise en place de patrouilles régulières à travers toute cette région vulnérable.

Nigeria's acting president should make sure that the massacre of at least 200 Christian villagers in central Nigeria on March 7, 2010, is thoroughly and promptly investigated and that those responsible are prosecuted, Human Rights Watch said today. The acting president should also ensure that the military and the police act swiftly to protect civilians of all ethnicities at risk of further attacks or reprisal killings, including by conducting regular patrols throughout the vulnerable region, Human Rights Watch said.

29 March to 27 April 2010 (Global): The witchcraft epidemic in Africa is fueled by religious extremism. Practitioners of traditional African religions, traditional healers, witch-doctors and Christian missionaries and religious leaders incite witch-hunts on this continent. There are comparisons to be made between Africas current witch-craze, European Inquisitions and American witch-hunts. Perhaps the lessons to be learned in Africa are the same as those that needed to be learned by Europeans and Americans; there is no culture without human rights. All men and women, including Witches, have the right to live without being falsely accused, assaulted, persecuted or murdered.

A l'occasion de la Journée internationale contre les mutilations génitales, célébrée le 6 février, l'Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) a souligné la nécessité de développer une stratégie mondiale contre la médicalisation de ces pratiques. « 18% des femmes et des filles qui ont souffert de mutilation génitale ont été opérées par des professionnels de la santé », a indiqué Elise Johansen, de l'OMS, ajoutant que cette tendance semblait en augmentation.

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 day that Nigeria celebrated its 49th Independence Anniversary on 1 October 2009, Ms. Ushang was murdered for wearing trousers.
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.
Syndicate content