Rights of 286 LGBT Nigerians violated in 2018, report says


The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIERs), a Nigeria-based human rights organization, has published a report, showing that the human rights of approximately 286 LGBTI persons were violated last year by state and non-state actors with a total number of 213 violations recorded. The report was put together in collaboration with other seven human rights organizations spread across six geopolitical zones in the country. The reported violations occurred in 21 of Nigeria’s 36 states. Blackmail, extortion, invasion of privacy, arbitrary arrests, and unlawful arrests topped the list of the most violations. Mass arrests and unlawful detention were the fastest-rising categories. Lagos, Rivers, and Abuja were the states with the most reported violations. Kano, Edo, Jigawa, Delta, and Nasarawa had the fewest.

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