Nigeria urged to repeal its anti-gay law by rights group
A new report says Nigeria’s draconian law against gays has led to mob attacks, police torture, evictions, public whippings and health risks, and asks the country’s new president to repeal the legislation.
The Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act became law 18 months ago prescribing up to 14 years’ jail and also making it a crime to not report a known homosexual.
The new report calls for President Muhammadu Buhari to end the legalized discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-gender and intersex minorities, charging it denies freedom of expression and other constitutional rights.
Justices uphold use of drug implicated in botched executions
The Supreme Court has upheld the use of a controversial drug that has been implicated in several botched executions.
The justices on Monday voted 5-4 in a case from Oklahoma that the sedative midazolam (mih-DAZZ-oh-lam) can be used in executions without violating the Eighth Amendment prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.
The drug was used in executions in Arizona, Ohio and Oklahoma in 2014 that took longer than usual and raised concerns that it did not perform its intended task of putting inmates into a coma-like sleep.
Killer in Canadian dismemberment case joins dating site
A Canadian man sentenced to life in prison for killing and dismembering his Chinese lover and mailing the body parts to schools and political parties has joined a matchmaking website for inmates.
Luka Magnotta’s profile was posted Sunday on Canadian Inmates Connect Inc., a website that tries to hook up lonesome convicts — some behind bars for violent offenses like first-degree murder — with potential companions on the outside.
The profile features two photos of the former stripper and prostitute, who was convicted in December of first-degree murder for the 2012 killing and dismemberment of university student Jun Lin in Montreal in a case that horrified Canadians.
Magnotta is serving a life sentence with possible parole after 25 years.
Dalai Lama faces protest as he opens UK Buddhist center
The Dalai Lama was met by supporters and protesters as he opened Britain’s first Buddhist community center.
The 79-year-old Tibetan spiritual leader performed a blessing for the inauguration of the center in Aldershot, southwest of London. Aldershot is an army town with a substantial Buddhist population thanks to the Nepalese Gurkha regiment.
Several hundred members of the International Shugden Community chanted “Dalai Lama stop lying” as he arrived Monday. They accuse the Dalai Lama of preventing them from following their form of Buddhism, which he once practiced but renounced in the 1970s.
Police use tear gas to stop fighting at Hungary refugee camp
Hungarian police say they have used tear gas to stop a fight among hundreds of refugees at a camp in an eastern city.
Police said Monday that the disturbance began when a religious dispute broke out between two refugees in Debrecen, later joined by hundreds of those temporarily living in the camp.
State media said the crowd set fire to garbage cans and used sticks and stones to hit passing cars and buses outside the camp. No injuries were reported.
In the past year, Hungary has become a popular point of entry into the European Union for tens of thousands of migrants and refugees coming north through the Balkans. Most request asylum in Hungary but quickly move further west to countries like Germany and Sweden before their claims are settled.
Russian foreign minister to join nuclear talks
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (SEHR’-gay LAHV’-rahf) will travel to Vienna to join Iran nuclear talks. He will meet there with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in an attempt to resolve disputes that have forced an extension of the negotiations past the June 30 deadline.
Lavrov is to arrive Tuesday, the day that Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif returns to Vienna.
As Zarif flew home Sunday for consultations on how to proceed at the talks, a U.S. official confirmed that negotiators will miss a June 30 target date for a deal, aimed at limiting Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.
Russian news agencies cited Lavrov as saying he and Kerry will also discuss pooling Russian and U.S. efforts to fight Islamic State.