Arrests of Nigeria's gay community could lead to torturous executions

Nigeria's "Jail the Gays" bill that was recently signed into law has not only lead to dozens of arrests, but could also prove fatal for many of the gay people and their peers being criminalized.

A recent piece on GBM News details the violence enacted against those being penalized by the sweeping and draconian law that targets gay people, those suspected of being gay, and those who support or even simply know gay people.

In such an execution, the prisoner is buried in the ground up to the neck, and stones big enough to cause pain, but not large enough to kill, are thrown at the person's head. This continues until death occurs, with checks made to restore consciousness as long as possible.

"It's an extremely horrible way to die," says Kenneth Williams of Amnesty International, "People have been known to suffer unspeakably gruesome injuries before finally expiring." The arrests, originally confined to the Islamic northern section of Nigeria, have now become nationwide, said Ifeanyi Kelly Orazulike, executive director of the International Center for Advocacy on Right to Health.

The article also touches on Goodluck Jonathan's political motivations and reactions from American political leaders. Read the full story here.

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As a Major League Baseball umpire for the past 29 seasons, Dale Scott has worked three World Series, three All-Star Games, two no-hitters and numerous playoff games. He is also the first out active male official in the MLB, NBA, NHL, or NFL, and the first Major League Baseball umpire to publicly say he is gay while active.