On 7 January 2014, Nigerian President Jonathan Goodluck signed his assent to the Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act, 2013 (SSMPA). This briefing note shows how several elements of this legislation contravene Nigeria’s Constitution as well as its binding international obligations and also how such laws hinder the effectiveness of strategies and measures designed to contain the HIV epidemic.
The Human Dignity Trust’s submission on the Draft Commonwealth Charter. The opinion concludes that in failing to make reference to sexual orientation, the draft Charter does not explicitly reflect international human rights standards. The absence of any privacy rights will further undermine efforts to address discriminatory so-called “anti-sodomy” laws.