Human rights activists are celebrating the move as a victory. Once they claim asylum in another African country or apply for resettlement outside the continent, they are funneled into a system that exposes them to the same persecutory treatment they sought to escape. In , Amobi was in his mids. He awoke one night to a knock at his door.
Lesbians more accepted than gay men around the world, study finds
A new report details the most dangerous—and safest—places for gay travelers. According to the report, a few factors, such as adoption recognition and worker protections, may not affect travelers directly but are a good indication of overall attitudes within the culture. A view of the Lagos skyline in Nigeria, which was named the most dangerous place in the world for There, people can be put in prison for up to 14 years just for being gay, and some states even have the death penalty under Sharia law. Same-sex marriage has been legal there since , and the country has more Pride festivals per capita than anywhere else in the world.
The African continent offers a plethora of rewarding travel destinations for people of any sexual orientation. Unfortunately, however, gay and lesbian travelers need to do a little extra research before planning their trip, because homosexuality is still considered a criminal offense in some African countries while in others it can even be punishable by death. The first step to a safe vacation in Africa is to research your chosen destination carefully. You need to find out the laws regarding homosexuality — and whether or not they are enforced.
Nigeria is the most homophobic country in the world, according to a poll , which found 97 percent of citizens think society should not accept homosexuality. The laws reflect that: Same-sex couples face up to 14 years in prison and even public displays of same-sex affection are illegal. A law passed this week makes homosexuality punishable by up to life in prison, gay rights activists have been murdered , and gay citizens are widely discriminated against. President Robert Mugabe has made a crusade out of homophobia — with widespread public approval. Last year, Mugabe threatened to behead gay Zimbabweans and described them as "filth.