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Document selected : B6-0115/2007

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Debates :

PV 15/03/2007 - 11.3
CRE 15/03/2007 - 11.3

Votes :

PV 15/03/2007 - 12.3

Texts adopted :

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See also joint motion for a resolution RC-B6-0109/2007
13 March 2007
PE 387.004v0
with request for inclusion in the agenda for the debate on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law
pursuant to Rule 115 of the Rules of Procedure
by Carl Schlyter, Marie-Hélène Aubert, Margrete Auken, Frithjof Schmidt, Hélène Flautre and Raül Romeva i Rueda,
on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group
on Nigeria
NB: This motion for a resolution is available in the original language only.

European Parliament resolution on Nigeria 

The European Parliament,

   -having regard to its resolution of 18 January 2006 on homophobia in Europe
   -having regard to the African Charter on Human and People's Rights, particularly Articles 2, 3 and 26 thereof,
   -having regard to the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights, particularly Articles 19, 21 and 22 thereof,
   -having regard to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, particularly Articles 2, 18, 19, 21, 22 and 26 thereof,

A.  whereas the Nigerian Minister of Justice presented a bill to the Executive Council in January 2006 entitled “Act to make provisions for the prohibition of relationship between persons of the same sex, celebration of marriage by them and for other matters connected herewith”, referred to as the "Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act 2006",

B.  whereas the bill would impose a prison sentence of five years on anyone who "goes through the ceremony of marriage with a person of the same sex" or on anyone, including a cleric, who is involved in the ceremony, even as a witness

C.  whereas in the landmark 1994 case Toonen v. Australia, the United Nations Human Rights Committee held that sexual orientation should be understood to be a status protected from discrimination under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights;

D.  whereas chapter 42, section 214 of Nigeria's criminal code already penalizes consensual homosexual conduct between adults with 14 years' imprisonment;

E.  whereas the UN Human Rights Committee has urged States to repeal laws criminalizing homosexuality and to enshrine prohibition of discrimination based on sexual orientation into their constitutions;

F.  deeply worried about the impact that such a law as the one being proposed, if adopted in its present form, would have on the essential freedoms and activities of defenders of human rights and members of civil society at large

G.  concerned at the possible impact of such a law on the campaign against HIV/AIDS, due to the further stigmatization of homosexuals in Nigerian and African society;

H.  further concerned that proposed legislation is being rushed through during the period leading up to nationwide elections in Nigeria, scheduled for April 2007, without proper debate;

I.  alarmed that, during the same period before the elections, Anyakwee Nsirimovu, the executive director of the Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in River State, has been attacked and his family threatened, following publication of a report by that organization on corruption in the province;

1.  Calls on the Nigerian authorities, including the House of Representatives and the Senate, to reject the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act bill in its current form,

2.  Further calls upon the Nigerian authorities to repeal the articles of the Nigerian criminal code that penalize consensual homosexual conduct between adults

3.  Considers that both the proposed bill as currently drafted, and the existing criminal code provisions, constitute a violation of obligations of Nigeria with respect to international and regional human rights,

4.  Calls on the Commission, the Council and the Member States to follow the legislative procedure for the bill and to exert all possible pressure to persuade legislators to reject it in its current form,

5.  Calls on the government of Nigeria to investigate the threats made against Anyakwee Nsirimovu and to punish the perpetrators to the full extent of Nigerian law

6.  Instructs its President to forward this Resolution to the Council, the Commission, the governments and the parliaments of the Member States, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and the government of Nigeria.

Last updated: 14 March 2007Legal notice