Nigerian law is a relic of colonialism

A human rights approach needs to be embedded in a country currently dominated by demonic misbeliefs and lunatic laws. Today, international human rights standards have compelled former colonial powers to acknowledge that these laws are wrong. For the nerds, these obligations are set out in articles 1 and 16 of the UN Convention against Torture, and articles 15, 16, and 17 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Taxi drivers would check as you got into their yellow cabs. You can read more about this charming piece of legislation here. Ill-treatment is carried out with impunity because perpetrators are never punished. And so there the story ends. No public outrage — in Nigeria or anywhere else. The marches which occurred on October 1 following the declaration of the independence by Ambazonia were met with stiff resistance from the army.

Taxi drivers would check as you got into their yellow cabs. Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe, for example, has called gays and lesbians "un-African" and "worse than dogs and pigs. The fact that this practice involves inflicting physical and mental violence on another human being is seen, at best, as a minor inconvenience.

A human rights approach needs to be embedded in a country currently dominated by demonic misbeliefs and lunatic laws.

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The paper also examines the relics of colonial law in Nigerian statutes and legal practice and contends that time-worn British laws in Nigerian statutes need to be jettisoned to accommodate present realities.

This year, the High Court in Delhi ended hearings in a years-long case seeking to decriminalize homosexual conduct there. The question then and now: if we can be arrested in Nigeria, presumably at the behest of the Cameroonian government, are we safe anywhere?

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The internet blackout was followed by numerous arrests in the region. True, nine out of ten Nigerians lack access to medication and talking therapies.

The internet blackout was followed by numerous arrests in the region. The Lunacy Act of regulates detention and involuntary treatment. Spiritual healers therefore beat the affected person to drive out the evil spirit, or shackle the person and deprive them of food or water. Cameroon's anglophone population has protested about facing discrimination and under representation over the years. This week, eight people were shot in Beau, south-west of the country during a peaceful protest. There have been complaints of social media platforms such as WhatsApp being disrupted. I woke up at 3am on Sunday to find him huddled over his phone, talking frantically as he learned of the news of the arrests in Abuja. Primary healthcare services do not deliver mental health care, despite a policy from which sets out that they should. Cameroon's colonial history is sandwiched between three colonial powers; Germany, Britain and France. As a result people labelled as mad are hyper-stigmatised and families urgently want to rid the devil from their afflicted relative.

One British viceroy of India warned that British soldiers could succumb to "replicas of Sodom and Gomorrah" as they acquired the "special Oriental vices. A human rights approach That the Nigerian government is complicit in wide-spread abuse and violence against its population by failing to take any effective action to prevent and remedy these acts is a charge which government lawyers would find difficult to defend.

England and Wales decriminalized homosexual conduct in The Anglophone region has been under heavy military occupation.

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