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Nigeria - Committee on Enforced Disappearances - LGBTIQ+ Rights

Date: December 1, 2021
Country: Nigeria
Type: Intl Mechanism Submission
Issues: Enforced Disappearance, LGBTIQ+ Rights
Mechanism: UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances
Report Type: List of Issues
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Enforced disappearances of LGBTI+ people by non-State actors are prevalent in Nigeria and fail to be adequately investigated and prosecuted by State officials. Kidnapping and abduction on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity is a serious issue that is often not reported to police because many LGBTI+ individuals fear discrimination, arbitrary arrest and detention, or being ignored by police. Under the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act, a wide range of activities associated with LGBTI+ life carry a prison sentence of ten years, disincentivizing LGBTI+ people to report incidents of enforced disappearance.