Target: President of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan
Goal: Stop unjust attacks on LGBT people and activists
In a recent series of unfortunate events, the president of Uganda and initiator of the now infamous ‘Anti-Homosexuality Bill,’ has declared war on the LGBT community and its activists by signing it into law. Now it seems as though Nigeria has followed suit, as anti-gay mobs raid homes and attack men and women who are suspected of being gay — all in an effort to ‘cleanse’ communities of homosexuals and suspected homosexual activity.
The most recent attack involved 14 men who were dragged out of their homes in the middle of the night, threatened by mobsters with wooden clubs and iron bars, and taken to nearby police stations where they were unlawfully interrogated and physically assaulted. In Nigeria, an act known as the ‘Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act’ or ‘Jail the Gays’ law has triggered a slew of unjust, anti-gay probings that threaten the livelihoods of innocent men and women. To make matters worse, the law also criminalizes anyone who advocates for LGBT people, similar to that of the recent bill signed into action by the president of Uganda.
In Nigeria, governmental apathy and mob justice — the support of unlawful mob activity by a country’s administration — have perpetuated a persistent state of distress among the LGBT community. In the recent attack, four men were severely injured and refused to be treated at local clinics for fear that they would be exploited and assaulted further because of their sexual orientation. Despite appeals and requests from civil and human rights groups, anti-gay mobsters have soldiered on, raiding shanty towns in search of homosexual activity, spray painting pejorative epithets on homes and sullying the sanity of LGBT people and activists.
As other countries around the world make progressive steps towards granting LGBT people the rights they deserve and increasing visibility, the suffering of those in Nigeria need not be ignored. Sign the petition to urge President Goodluck Jonathan to stop unjust attacks on LGBT people and activists now.
Dear President Goodluck Jonathan,
It has come to my attention that you’ve decided to join a legion of leaders determined to exterminate, humiliate and discriminate against those who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. The recent attack on homosexuals by anti-gay mobsters in your country is appalling, disheartening and absolutely despicable. Human rights, compassion and egalitarianism obviously mean nothing to you, as countless citizens of Nigeria fear for their lives at the hands of an apathetic and prejudiced government.
Not only do these attacks need to end, but the laws designed to belittle LGBT people must be abolished. I urge you to take into consideration that these attacks are in direct violation of human rights laws — laws that are granted and should be free to be exercised by every human being in the world. Please end this unjust activity.
[Your Name Here]
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