Photo: Nigerian activists and allies deliver letter to the Nigerian Mission to the U.N. NYC. Dec 5, 2011.
UPDATE: December 5, 2011. Nigerian activists and allies deliver letter to the Nigerian mission of the United Nations in New York City.
December 2, 2011
Nigeria is pushing forward a law that would make it a punishable offense - of up to 14-years in prison - for anybody to go to a gay bar, to work for or be involved with LGBT organizations, or to be in an openly gay relationship.
This Monday, our friend Ifeanyi and other Nigerian activists are speaking out at the UN against this draconian bill with a simple message: We Are Not Illegal.
Add your voice to Ifeanyi's urgent appeal to the Nigerian President and he will deliver your signature this Monday.
READ IFEANYI'S LETTER TO THE NIGERIAN PRESIDENT:
To President Goodluck Jonathan,
My name is Ifeanyi Orazulike, and I am not illegal.
As a Nigerian citizen, and a public health advocate, I call upon you to stop the draconian, anti-human rights, anti- HIV/AIDS prevention and un-democratic legislation just passed by the national Senate.
if this bill is approved Nigeria will place itself outside the community of democratic nations, in a moment in which the country is facing serious internal and external anti-democratic threats. The implications of the bill with its recent modification would affect tireless and long years of work in the protection and promotion of human rights, HIV/AIDS prevention, and the entrenchment of democracy in our country.
As the elected guardian of the human and civil rights of ALL Nigerians, I urge you to show respect for the diversity in our great democracy, and refuse to sign this bill.
Ifeanyi Kelly Orazulike
Director, International Center for Advocacy on Right to Health (ICARH)