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Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, A/HRC/25/55/Add.3, 28 February 2014: Nigeria

315. JAL 13/06/2013 Case no: NGA 4/2013 State reply: none to date

Alleged restrictions on the rights to freedom of association and of peaceful assembly of groups defending lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights.


318. The Special Rapporteur deeply regrets the passing of the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act by President in January 2014. She would like to reiterate her concerns that this legislation unduly limits the free exercise of the rights to freedom of association, assembly and opinion and expression, which are not only basic rights but essential to claim other rights. Furthermore, she is concerned that this legislation might prevent human rights defenders and activists defending the human rights of LGBT persons and those working to prevent transmission of HIV, to peacefully advocate for dissenting views and exercise their legitimate rights.

Link to full text of the report: Report-SRHRD-Communications and replies-2014-eng-fra-esp

Link to Special Rapporteur’s correspondence with the State: Correspondence-SR-Nigeria-4-2013-eng