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4 Accused Gay Men Are Whipped In Nigerian Court

The Associated Press is reporting that four alleged gay men were whipped publicly as punishment issued by an Islamic court in Nigeria. 

Homosexuality is illegal in Nigeria.

AP writes:

Four young men were convicted of gay sex and whipped publicly as punishment Thursday in an Islamic court in northern Nigeria, a human rights activist said.

The four were among dozens caught in a wave of arrests after Nigeria strengthened its criminal penalties for homosexuality with the new Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act in January.

The men could face further violence in prison if human rights organizations do not come up with an additional fine of 20,000 naira ($120) each meted out Thursday by a judge in Bauchi city, Dorothy Aken'Ova, convenor of the Coalition for the Defense of Sexual Rights Network, told The Associated Press. The four were sentenced to 15 strokes plus a year's imprisonment if they cannot pay the fine.

Aken'Ova said the men, aged between 20 and 22, should not have been convicted because their confessions were forced by law agents who beat them.

She said they had to prostrate themselves on the floor of the court to be whipped on their backsides.

Just to clarify, these are legally enforced attacks on gay men who are guilty of no "crime" beyond allegedly participating in gay sex. 

Will this type of action, at the very least, impact the foreign aid that is provided to a nation participating in such extreme human rights violations?

Something impactful has to occur.

It should also be noted that the judge claims he was being "lenient" with his sentence:

On Thursday, the judge said he was lenient because the men had promised that the homosexual acts occurred in the past and that they had since changed their ways, according to Aken'Ova.

What steps should be taken to ensure change, Instincters?

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Foul on Nigeria and also Foul on Ourselves.  Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and the seventh most populous country in the world.  It has immense oil reserves and revenue.  The World Bank recognizes the "Giant of Africa" as an Emerging Nation which possesses immense regional  influence.

That being said, when its own people are treated so barbarically what exactly is their influence in that very important part of the world.  So important that IBM just opened its first Research Lab on the African continent.

Please add World Bank to the above list of Institutions and Influencers we should write in protest for allowing Nigeria to violate it's own citizen's human rights.

Ecellent!

What steps should be taken to ensure change, Instincters?

How about when posting artices like this one you try adding some links to how and where Instincters can provide assistance?  Then some type of change be possible.

they are animals over their.i like to whip his bare ass

Is there an NGO or an embassy address where we could pay these fines and encourage these people to flee and apply for political amnesty here or elsewhere?

This has to be stopped.  Please write to The White House, The President, John Kerry, The UN, The Pope, anyone who could have any influence at all.  This & other stories like it must be shared with everyone.  These atrocities won't end without our voices.  Speak up.  Say Something!

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