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HUMAN RIGHTS NGO MARKS THE INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST HOMOPHOBIA IN LAGOS STATE.

in NIGERIA, /201

The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIER) - Local human rights NGO marks the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) in Lagos state as it is tradition all over the world 17th May of every year.

Tuesday 18th May at Excellence Hotel- Ogba, Ikeja to join the global community in solidarity to speak against human rights violation perpetuated on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity. In other parts of the world, this day is marked with protest and demonstrations calling on the government to address situations of impunity, protection sexual minority rights and human rights defenders.

Last week in Banjul, The Gambia at the NGO forum proceeding the 47th session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, a resolution was passed at the forum to make recommendations to the commission to call on government authorities to address the issues of human rights violations on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity in countries such as; Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, Eritrea to mention a few. “It is high time that the civil society and government started to recognize sexual minority rights as human rights not special rights” said Joseph Sewedo Akoro- the Executive director of TIER. Mr Akoro further mentioned in his statement addressing the press that the concept of human rights is not an issue of public morality but of constitutional morality as it was distinguished in the case of Naz foundation v. Union of India in the High Court of Delhi- July, 2009

In addition, TIER raises concern about the deteriorating human rights system in the Nigeria, violation perpetuated on human rights defenders, journalists, women and girl, children as well as persons living with disability and HIV. TIER called on the parliamentarian to expedite action on ensuring the independence of the National Human rights commission by expediting action of the bill before the National assembly before the next political dispensation. This autonomy will ensure the efficiency of the commission in monitoring the adherence of the country to fundamental human rights principle.

 

 

 

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