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Damian Ugwu
Damian Ugwu is the Regional Program Director for Africa at the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC). Described as one of the best human rights researchers in Nigeria by his peers, he holds a masters degree in international law and diplomacy. For the past 10 years he has held leadership roles and consulted with social justice organizations. Damian worked for seven years with Civil Liberties Organisation, Nigeria’s largest human rights group, as the Head of Police Project and the Head of Advocacy Program. Most recently Damian served as Director of the Social Justice Advocacy Initiative in Lagos, Nigeria. He has consulted with organizations including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the Open Society Justice Initiative. Damian has contributed to publications on the current state of human rights of Nigerians, including on the topics of torture, violence and impunity, extrajudicial killings and children’s rights. Damian has been an active member of the LGBTI rights movement in Nigeria, working with other activists to oppose attempts to introduce homophobic laws in the Nigerian parliament. He leads IGLHRC’s global advocacy and capacity strengthening work in Africa and is based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Entries by Damian Ugwu

African Conference: Out of Step With International Human Rights Standards

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 6:32 PM

Ministers from 52 African countries signed a declaration in late October, stating that their national laws take precedence over international human rights norms with regard to sexuality and public health. Some human rights activists have interpreted the phrasing to be a veiled rejection of the right to nondiscrimination on the...

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An Assault on a Movement: The Killing of Eric Lembembe

(3) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 12:35 PM

On Monday July 15, 2013, news of the murder of Eric Ohena Lembembe, a Cameroonian journalist and LGBTI human rights activist, filtered in just as my colleagues and I were concluding the first day of human rights documentation training in Doula, Cameroon. Eric's friends and the police had...

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As the Flames of Homophobia Burn Around the World, Understanding Nigeria's Anti-Gay Bill

(3) Comments | Posted December 3, 2012 | 12:14 PM

While we watch the flames of homophobia in Uganda with horror, the same fires are burning in countries around the world. Nowhere is this more evident than in Nigeria. The latest version of the deceptively named "Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Bill" declares that the "public show of same sex amorous relationship...

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