The International Centre for Advocacy on Rights to Health (ICARH) joins human rights organizations around the world today 10th December 2012 to commemorate the 2012 International Human Rights Day, in celebration of human rights of persons suffering from oppressive laws in the 21st century and invariably subjected to acute limitation to the enjoyment of their fundamental human rights around the world.
For several years, human rights defenders, activists and organizations has embarked on the fight against gross session of injustice, human rights abuse and violations against minority populations in Nigeria including LGBTI individuals and groups.Despite the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the return of Democratic government in Nigeria, human rights violations remain rampant even though their manifestation remains subtle.
Political oppression remains a major and consistent constraint faced by many human rights organizations in Nigeria. This has been a major challenge in the realization and full protection of the rights of the Nigerian populations including women, youth, minorities, persons with disabilities, indigenous people, poor and marginalized persons.
In 2012 alone, evidence reflects human rights abuses experienced by some LGBTI persons in Nigeria such as arbitrary arrest, extortion and blackmail, curative rape, among others. The height of the human rights violation recorded in 2012 is extra judicial killing of suspected LGBTI persons in the country. The injustice faced by sexual minority population in Nigeria fuels stigma and discrimination:a major factor responsible for an enormous percentage of new HIV infection in Nigeria.
In line with the theme of the 2012 International Human Rights Day?MY VOICE COUNT? and in commemoration of the global effort of human rights defenders and organizations towards the universal protection of human rights, ICARH seek to call on the legislative and judicial arms of government as well as human rights lawyers to wake up to their primary responsibilities in ensuring the safety and security of all citizens of Nigeria including sexual minority population.
We also call on mainstream human rights organization to stand up to the protection of human rights of every Nigerian including sexual minority and advocate for the full protection of human rights of everyone everywhere and in accordance to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.