More than 40 men were arrested at an HIV awareness event in Lagos, Nigeria over the weekend “for performing homosexual acts”, according to local police.
The arrested people are due to appear in court.
Homosexual acts are punishable by up to 14 years in jail in Nigeria, while gay marriage and displays of same-sex affection are also banned.
Some parts of Nigeria are under Sharia law where gay people face the death penalty.
Nigeria is a Commonwealth country with a population of around 170 million people.
It is hard to verify news coming out of Chechnya, so Gay Activist reports them as allegations, not facts. The situation seems to be deteriorating rapidly, and details take some time to emerge.
A secret mass execution of up to 56 people was carried in the volatile Russian region of Chechnya on 25 January, says the Novaya Gazeta, which published a list of names of 27 people who it alleged were wiped out in the alleged extra-judicial killings which are alleged to have taken place in the capital, Grozny.
None of the alleged executed were given a trial, which is a gross betrayal of their human rights under international law.
The mass arrests and executions were triggered by the alleged killing of a policeman on 16 December 2016.
Dozens of gay people executed in Chechnya ‘without ever going to trial’
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Turkish police squashed the LGBT pride march in Istanbul after organisers pressed ahead with the event despite the third ban in as many years by the authorities.
Police with riot shields and helmets sealed off the entrances to Istiklal Street, citing security concerns after threats from an ultra-nationalist group.
Police fired rubber bullets to disperse one group and officers with dogs chased Pridegoers.
It is reported that Russian officials are examining claims that a deadly anti-homosexual purge has been unfolding in Chechnya. Detainees who spoke to the Guardian reported being held in a secret location for days or weeks, beaten and tortured with electric shocks.
After international outcry, Russian President Vladimir Putin has been briefed on the situation by the country’s human rights ombudsman, Tatyana Moskalkova. The Guardian reports there is evidence Russian authorities are investigating the allegations.
Human rights groups have urged Moscow to investigate the reported abuse and alleged deaths of gay men. German Chancellor Angela Merkel confronted Putin about the issue during a recent meeting with him.
Today Human Rights Watch issued details of alleged abuses of gay men at the hands of Chechen authorities. The report says the men who are released face reprisals not only from Chechen security forces, but also from their own families.
Chechnya is an extremely conservative society and homosexuality is considered a “stain” on the family honour.
A spokesperson for Ramzan Kadyrov, Chechnya’s strongman leader, again dismissed reports of the purge by saying that there are no gay people in the quasi-independent state. “You cannot arrest or repress people who just don’t exist in the republic,” he said, according to the New York Times.
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Indonesian police have arrested dozens of men accused of holding a ‘gay sex party’ at a gym and sauna in Jakarta.
Officers raided a venue called Atlantis in the late hours of Sunday and arrested 141 men including one Briton and one Singaporean.
Police said up to 10 men could be charged under the country’s harsh pornography laws.
Pictures circulating online showed topless men sitting crammed in a room next to gym equipment after the police raid.
Those found guilty of breaking the laws face up to 10 years in jail.
People arrested in earlier raids were forced to have HIV tests.
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The families of four men murdered by “Grindr killer” Stephen Port, who met his victims on a gay dating app before spiking them with lethal doses of GHB and dumping their bodies close to his east London flat between June 2014 and September 2015, are suing the Metropolitan Police for more than £200,000 over claims that police failed to link the deaths due to homophobia inside the police force.
The men, Anthony Walgate, 23, Gabriel Kovari, 22, Daniel Whitworth, 21, and Jack Taylor, 25, all died of GHB poisoning. Three of them were found in a churchyard next to Mr Port’s home in Barking.
Port left a fake suicide note with Mr Whitworth that read: “Please do not blame the guy I was with last night.” Police initially thought the youngsters had overdosed and dismissed concerns raised by their friends and family members. Officers only realised they had been murdered after a fresh investigation was launched following the death of Mr Taylor, who was Mr Port’s final victim.
Seventeen family members of the victims are suing Scotland Yard in the High Court, claiming that officers discriminated against their relatives because they were gay. They allege there were “breaches of duty and inaction” and accuse the force of breaching the Equality Act 2010, of negligence, and misusing or abusing their power by failing to properly investigate; and are seeking “aggravated and exemplary damages” in excess of £200,000.
Officers admitted they “missed opportunities” after failing to spot similarities between the killings.
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Russian LGBT campaigners have rescued at least 40 people from Chechnya where a teenage boy was recently killed after being pushed off a 9th floor balcony by his uncle who believed he was gay. The Russian LGBT Network has organised an emergency evacuation of gay people eager to escape.
A hotline has been set up. A spokesman said:
‘Well, the first thing for us to do is, of course, to evacuate them from Chechnya, like, to other parts of Russia.
But we are also working to evacuate them, to relocate them to – out of Russia because for most of them it’s just deadly dangerous to stay in Russia because some of them are already hunted by their relatives outside of Chechnya.
They’re telling us that they are beaten. Sometimes some people are beaten to death. And also people are saying that they’re tortured with electric current, they are not fed properly and they don’t have any water.’
Over 40 gay men saved from Chechnya’s homophobic ‘purge’
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Russian police today detained gay community activists attempting to raise awareness of the systemic persecution of gay men in the Russian republic of Chechnya. Around ten protesters were arrested near the Anichkov Bridge During a May Day march in St Petersburg.
A separate group of gay-rights protesters with placards that called for the Chechen leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, to be tried at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, were also detained.
One activist was taken away in an ambulance.
More than a hundred men have been rounded up and detained in secret prisons by Chechen authorities in recent weeks, with many beaten and tortured, according to the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta.
As we have been told repeatedly, there are no gays in Chechnya. None at all. Zilch. Ne rien. Absolutely none at all. There can’t be a round-up of gay men, because there are none in Chechnya.
And six prisons are full of them.
Reports had initially centred on two jails in the villages of Argun and Tsotsi-Yurt. But Novaya Gazeta, the respected Russian newspaper that made the initial claims, now says there are a further four prisons illegally holding men for their sexual orientation, reports the Daily Mail.
The men, who face torture in jail, are only released once their families offer bribes to police.
A group of 53 people have been charged in Nigeria after they were arrested last week from what police say was a party celebrating an unofficial gay wedding.
The group pleaded not guilty to charges relating to conspiracy, unlawfully assembly and membership in an unlawful society.
The defendants were mostly students who are alleged to have been illegally detained for more than 24 hours.
LGBT-rights activists refute the police’s report that the men were celebrating a same-sex wedding, saying the event in the northern city of Zaria was a birthday party.