Sharia court sentences three Nigerian gays to death by stoning - Right or Wrong

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Today I bring you news about rights and violation of human rights in Nigeria.

I'll start by asking this question, does a gay deserve death for expressing he's feelings to his follow gay? What is the people's perception of homosexuality?

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Is homosexuality right or wrong! To justify what is right or wrong depends on the people's perception of homosexuality.

The Nigerian government in 2011 passed a law that placed a 14 years jail term for anyone committing homosexuality.

On June 29, an Islamic Sharia court sentenced 3 gay to death by stoning in Bauchi State in Northwest Nigeria. This has caused a mix reactions across the country. With several human right activists condemning the court decision.

The accused persons who had no legal representation to plead their case were found guilty of sodomy and thereby sentenced by the Islamic court.
Twelve states in northern Nigeria subscribe to the Islamic legal system in a country that has its population equally split between Islamic and Christian faiths. Secular federal legislation prescribes up to 14-year jail term for convicted LGBT people.Source

The Sharia law covers 14 states in Northern Nigeria and the penalties for homosexuals is death sentencing.
Although, if looked from a democratic point of view, it's actually a breach of their human rights, but we also need to consider what's obtainable in the region that the Sharia law covers.

In the Southern states in Nigeria, death isn't the punishment for homosexuals, but a 14 years jail term as the law states.

Though unnamed, the sentenced persons at the Bauchi Sharia court are two teenagers and a septuagenarian, according to the BBC.
Upon speaking to a court official, the broadcast station learnt the accused persons were not represented by any lawyer during the trial.Source

Another area of human right violation for the 3 gays sentenced by the Bauchi Sharia court is in the area of not allowing the accused persons to be represented by any lawyer. I totally think this isn't good at all, because the Nigerian constitution gives every accused person the right to hire a lawyer to defend them in any case.

Their lack of legal representation did not stall the matter which was speedily concluded on June 29, with a death sentence for the accused.Source

This simply means that the court decision has been taken already before the actual judgement day.

Due to this, many Nigerian activists and celebrities have condemned the incident. Most recently, Yul Edoche, a Nollywood actor have come out to condemn the sentencing of the three homosexuals in Bauchi.

The 3 gays sentenced are still in the custody of the Hisbah. Hisbah is the enforcement police of the Sharia law in Nigeria.



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