Nigeria: Lawyers (February 2014)


The Law Society of Upper Canada voices its grave concern over the threat to the security of lawyers seeking to represent persons charged under the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act enacted in January 2014. The Act’s provisions prohibit any person or group from providing services to anyone perceived to be homosexual as well as supporting the registration, operation and support of gay clubs, societies, organizations, processions or meetings in Nigeria. From the wording of the Act it appears that Nigerian and international human rights lawyers working with Nigeria’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community, non-governmental organizations and persons charged under the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act may also be charged and convicted for providing legal services.


Letter to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria