LONDON, July 4, 2008 – Davis Mac-Iyalla,
a leader of Changing Attitude Nigeria, the gay Christian and gay rights
movement in Nigeria, has been arrested on the eve of Pride London.
He was due to speak from the main
stage in Trafalgar Square tomorrow afternoon.
Mac-Iyalla has been incarcerated in
Oakington asylum detention centre in Cambridgeshire.
Last month, he fled Nigeria in fear
of his life and sought refuge in the UK.
“His detention is totally
unjustified and is an act of cruel vindictivenes by the Home Office,” Peter
Tatchell of Outrage! said this afternoon.
“The Labour government’s claim that
it supports gay rights cannot be taken seriously when it incarcerates a
victim of homophobic persecution.
“It is treating Davis like a common
criminal,” he insisted.
Davis Mac-Iyalla Freed. The gay Nigerian Christian lay
preacher Davis Mac-Iyalla has been freed by the UK Home Office, Peter
Tatchell reports. (UK Gay News, July 4, 2008)
Christian Leader Narrowly Escapes Death in Brutal Attack. A shocking
story of mob violence has emerged which almost culminated in the death of
one of the leaders of the Changing Attitude Nigeria (CAN) group in Port
Harcourt. (UK Gay News, March 21, 2008)
Davis, Gay English Church Group Pleads to Nigerian Archbishop. By
Colin Coward. Davis Mac-Iyalla, Director of Changing Attitude Nigeria,
has been the subject of further intimidation last week. He was visited,
when absent from his place of work, by two men who were identified as
Nigerians. (UK Gay News, March 6, 2007)
Christian Gay Group Meets Nigerian Archbishop Peter Akinola. Davis Mac-Iyalla,
director of the Christian gay group Changing Attitude Nigeria, briefly met
Archbishop Peter Akinola, Primate of All Nigeria, today. (UK Gay News,
February 14, 2007)
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Posted: 4 July 2008 at
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