Tag: Joe Biden

Biden Threatens Financial, Visa Sanctions Against Nigeria, Others Over Anti-gay Laws
Africa, Life, News, Nigeria, Politics, Press Statement, United States of America

Biden Threatens Financial, Visa Sanctions Against Nigeria, Others Over Anti-gay Laws

President Joe Biden has issued a presidential memorandum aimed at expanding protection of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer and intersex (LGBTQI) people worldwide, including potentially through the use of financial sanctions. Nigeria's anti-gay laws have been increasingly criticised by global rights groups, which have categorised the country as overtly homophobic. Despite international pressure, ex-President Goodluck Jonathan signed the Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act in January 2014, prescribing between 10 to 14 years in prison for cohabitation between same-sex sexual partners, public show of same-sex relationship, registration, operation or participation in gay clubs, societies and organisation, amongst others. As a predominantly conservative country,...
Biden Cancels Travel Ban on Nigeria, Eritrea, Sudan, others
Nigeria, Travel, United States of America, World

Biden Cancels Travel Ban on Nigeria, Eritrea, Sudan, others

U.S President Joe Biden on his first day in office issued some executive orders undoing some of former President Donald Trump’s policies. Among the 17 executive orders and presidential actions Biden signed on Wednesday were the order to end travel restrictions and immigration from countries including Nigeria, Eritrea, Yemen, Sudan and others. “There’s no time to waste,” Biden said before signing the executive orders in the White House. “These are just all starting points,” he added. The American Civil Liberties Union, a non-profit civil rights organisation, applauded the move calling the travel policy a “cruel Muslim ban that targeted Africans.” However, the ban was changed, in part due to legal challenges, and included some non majority-Muslim nations. President Biden de...