16th January 2014
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.
8th January 2014
Uganda’s central London High Commission faces protest over anti-gay law 1
2:33 PM — A protest has taken place outside Uganda’s High Commission in central London amid fears the country's Anti-Homosexuality Bill could soon become law.
7th January 2014
Egyptian director fears that censors’ demands will turn gay love story into tale of friendship 6
8:19 PM — The director of an Egyptian gay love story, one of the first of its kind, has expressed fear that it will be turned into a story of two male friends, as censors demanded that thirteen scenes be cut.
Uganda: Former national football team coach charged with sodomy
2:10 PM — The former head of Uganda’s national football team has been charged with “sodomising both male and female youths” – although campaigners claim it could be just the latest example of a homophobic witch hunt.
South African activists demand action against ‘corrective rape’ epidemic 3
1:07 PM — Campaigners have warned that sexual attacks by men against lesbians in South Africa are continuing to increase.
6th January 2014
Video: Ugandan PM says ‘Gays are like abnormal mongols but should not be harmed’ 14
2:39 PM — Amid an international outcry against a bill to harshen penalties for those found to be gay, the Ugandan Prime Minister has spoken out to say gay people are "abnormal", and using a derogatory term to describe disabled children.
2nd January 2014
Activists urge Nigerian President not to sign ‘catastrophic’ and ‘outrageous’ anti-gay law 6
1:57 PM — Campaigners have warned the President of Nigeria against signing a law to further criminalise same-sex marriages with prison terms of up to 14 years.