Friday, March 10, 2006

"The United States is concerned "

Nigerian Legislation Threatens to Limit Rights of Sexual Minorities

Press Statement - Sean McCormack, Spokesman
Washington, DC - February 1, 2006

The United States is concerned by reports of legislation in Nigeria that would restrict or prohibit citizens from assembling, organizing, holding events or rallies, and participating in ceremonies of
religious union, based upon sexual orientation and gender identity.

This proposed legislation has not been adopted. The freedoms of speech, association, expression, assembly, and religion are long-standing international commitments and are universally recognized. Nigeria, as a State Party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, has assumed important obligations on these matters. We expect the Government of Nigeria to act in a manner consistent with those obligations.


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