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MEPs Ask Nigerian Government to Intervene Against Harassment of Gay Activists



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■ Michael Cashman, MEP: “...unacceptable and the government must intervene”

BRUSSELS, October 21, 2008  –  The European Parliament’s all-party ‘intergroup’ on gay and lesbian rights has told the Nigerian Government that the increased level of homophobia in the country is “unacceptable”.

Last week, the Intergroup sent a letter to Ambassador Usman A. Baraya at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the EU.

“We have to react to continued and life-threatening media harassment of human rights defenders taking place in Nigeria,” Michael Cashman, president of the Intergroup, said in a statement this morning.

“Media outlets in the country have been inciting hatred against human rights activists of the NGO House of Rainbow in Lagos and many of them are scared for their lives and hiding or have left the country.

“That is unacceptable and the government must intervene,” he insisted.

The letter was signed by MEPs Michael Cashman, Lissy Gröner and Raúl Romeva.




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Posted: 21 October 2008 at 11:00 (UK time)


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