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Anti-gay laws violate global pacts says UN rights chief

Published on Mar 15, 2014 3:27 AM

GENEVA (REUTERS) - A legal ban on same-sex marriage in Nigeria, Africa's largest country, violates international accords and could bring mob law against gays onto its streets, the United Nations' human rights chief Navi Pillay said on Friday.

The comments in the Nigerian capital Abuja from the outspoken Pillay, a former top judge in South Africa, came as in Geneva Russia and Islamic countries urged more global focus on protecting traditional family life.

Ms Pillay told her largely Nigerian audience that the country's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community was"living in fear", since the loosely-drafted law, not yet put into effect, had gone onto the statute books.

"The law violates international law in that it is discriminatory and seriously impinges on the freedom of expression and freedom of assembly," she declared.

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