Canadian High Commissioner Condemns Nigeria’s Anti-Gay Bill

The Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Chris Cooter, criticized the country’s pending gay criminalization law on Saturday, telling journalists on Saturday, “we are concerned about harshness of the penalty. The law is too harsh.” Cooter said the legislation — which would would punish witnesses and participants in same-sex commitment ceremonies with up to 14-years in prison — is tantamount to discrimination against gay people and is “against both the United Nations and the Africa Union Charter on Human Rights.”