17th January 2014
Arrests of people perceived to be gay spread across Nigeria 11
7:22 PM — Following the passage of a law which further criminalises homosexuality in Nigeria, gay rights activists have said that the number of arrests is rapidly increasing across the country.
Gay Ugandans cautiously welcome President Museveni’s decision to veto anti-gay law 2
11:04 AM — Campaigners have welcomed the decision of Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni not to sign the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law.
President of Uganda refuses to sign ‘jail the gays’ bill into law 41
10:06 AM — The President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni has refused to sign a controversial new bill into law that could have seen gay men and women jailed for life.
16th January 2014
Nigeria: Muslim man receives 20 lashes by Sharia court for breaking anti-gay laws 14
3:43 PM — A Nigerian man has received 20 lashes after an Islamic court convicted him of breaking laws against homosexuality.
Muslim rights group: Western countries should ‘desist from interfering’ with Nigerian anti-gay law 13
3:24 PM — A Muslim rights group in Nigeria has commended the country's president for signing a law which further criminalises same-sex marriage, gay organisations and any display of homosexuality.
Nigeria: 11 Muslim men accused of being gay face possible death sentence by religious court 30
2:32 PM — An Islamic court in Nigeria has put on trial 11 Muslim men accused of violating their religion due to their alleged sexuality – if found guilty they could be sentenced to death by stoning.
Richard Branson rallies business leaders against Nigerian and Ugandan anti-gay laws 6
1:14 PM — Virgin founder Richard Branson has for a second time spoken out about the legal situation for gay people in Uganda, to urge for an appeal against the country's new anti-gay law.
15th January 2014
UN Secretary General expresses deep concern over Nigerian anti-gay law 10
7:42 PM — The Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon on Wednesday expressed deep concern at a new law in Nigeria which further criminalises same-sex relationships.
UK Foreign Secretary William Hague: I am disappointed and concerned by Nigeria’s new anti-gay laws 17
4:55 PM — Foreign Secretary William Hague has condemned Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan for approving a draconian anti-gay law.
UK aid to Nigeria doesn’t fund government because of gay and human rights concerns 15
4:07 PM — The British Government has defended decisions to increase aid to Nigeria despite a newly-introduced anti-gay law, saying that the country's government does not actually receive any of the money.
EU foreign policy chief: Nigeria’s anti-gay law breaks the country’s own constitution 4
1:12 PM — The EU's foreign policy chief says Nigeria's anti-gay law breaks "fundamental human rights".
Nigerian police accused of using entrapment and torture to identify and arrest gay men 17
2:07 AM — Police in Nigeria have been accused of using torture to compile and add to lists of men assumed to be gay, leading to arrests.
14th January 2014
UN human rights chief condemns Nigeria’s ‘draconian’ anti-gay law 8
7:20 PM — The United Nations human rights chief has given her reaction to Nigeria's anti-gay law by describing it as unprecedented for its multiple violations of basic freedoms.
Nigeria: Dozens of gay men already arrested before ‘jail the gays’ law officially enacted 7
4:29 PM — Human rights advocates in Nigeria have said that dozens of gay men have already been arrested in the country, even before an anti-gay law signed by the president yesterday, has been enacted.
UK Government: Nigeria’s anti-gay law infringes upon fundamental human rights 6
1:27 PM — The UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office has criticised Nigeria for banning same-sex marriages and for further criminalising homosexuality.
US Secretary of State blasts Nigeria’s ‘dangerous’ anti-gay law 2
11:41 AM — US Secretary of State John Kerry has condemned Nigeria for banning same-sex marriages and for further criminalising homosexuality.
13th January 2014
Welsh First Minister: I was told speaking out against Uganda’s anti-gay laws could make things worse 28
5:53 PM — The First Minister of Wales has defended his visit to Uganda, despite the country’s recent decision to pass anti-gay legislation.
Nigeria: President signs law banning same-sex marriage and civil unions 48
4:52 PM — Nigeria's President has signed a law which bans same-sex marriage, public displays of homosexuality and gay groups.
Cameroon: Gay man who was jailed for sending affectionate text message dies at 34 15
12:18 PM — A gay man in Cameroon who was jailed for sending a text message to another man, saying "I'm very much in love with you," has died.
9th January 2014
Video: Letter urging Ugandan president to veto anti-gay law handed into London commission 4
2:30 PM — Wednesday’s protest outside Uganda’s High Commission in central London against the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill was filmed by freelance journalist James Wright.