Africa | News | Senegal | The Gambia

Gambian President Announces Plans to Behead All Gays


Gambian President Yahya Jammeh yesterday issued a stern warning to gays and those who befriend them:

"Gambian President Yahya Jammeh says he will 'cut off the head' of any homosexual caught in his country. Addressing supporters at the end of his meet the farmers tour Sunday, Jammeh also ordered any hotel or motel housing homosexuals to close down, adding that owners of such facilities would also be in trouble. He said the Gambia was a country of believers, indicating that no sinful and immoral act as homosexual would be tolerated in the country. He warned all homosexuals in the country to leave, noting that a legislation 'stricter than those in Iran' concerning the vice would be introduced soon."

In February, it was reported that gays were fleeing to The Gambia from surrounding Senegal, to avoid persecution from that government.

Feed This post's comment feed


  1. Map of the countries of the world, and their tolerance of gays:

    I loves me some wikipedia.

    Posted by: Chip | May 19, 2008 6:04:00 PM


    You are twisting facts

    Obama and Michelle have visited Kenya due to His father coming from kenya. With his grandmother and other family members still living in Kenya. Odinga is Obama's distant cousin.

    Odinga has spared no expense in trying to exploit such a connection via speaches and to shore up his questionable regieme, but that in no way means Obama supports such a regieme.

    Hell, Bill Clinton's brother still tries to exploit his connection to his brother which in no way means Bill supports his drunken and questionable behavior.

    Obama visited Kenya. Obama visited his grandmother in kenya. Odinga just happened to attach himself to the visit to try to seek legitamcy.

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | May 19, 2008 6:09:49 PM

  3. OK JIMMYBOYO. Damn your persistent efforts to recognize the complexity of the entire picture across Africa which have trumped my jingoistic prejudices! Seriously, you (and many other commenters) are right and I'm wrong. There is nothing to be gained by damning an entire continent and everything to be said for taking each country's conflict or abuse at face value and trying to help however we can. As YEEK said, we really need a couple of wins in Africa.

    Fuck! I hate having to admit being wrong, it messes with my belief in my absolute perfection.

    Posted by: Christopher | May 19, 2008 6:10:43 PM

  4. How DARE people use facts in this discussion.

    Posted by: Yeek | May 19, 2008 6:11:58 PM

  5. :-)

    Thanks christopher for admiting such.

    Hell, I myself am wrong more time sthan right.

    Back on topic then, this guy the head of Gambia is a horrid human being.

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | May 19, 2008 6:13:56 PM

  6. So out of about 50 or so countries that make up Africa, only South Africa can be pointed out as having laws favorable towards homosexuals? I'd say Christopher has a point. Here are a few other wonderful places for gay people to live and thrive in Africa:

    Egypt: Cairo police have jailed 12 men since October 2007 in a spreading hunt for people suspected of being HIV-positive. (from:

    Libya: All homosexual acts are illegal in Libya. Libya is known to severely enforce the Islamic Sharia law against homosexual sex. (from:

    Morocco: MOROCCO – December 13, 2007: The international Human Rights Watch has called for the release of six men sentenced to prison for homosexual conduct in Morocco, arguing that the convictions violate the men’s rights to privacy.

    Posted by: Paul | May 19, 2008 6:14:09 PM

  7. Okay, this one's REALLY unpleasant. Who makes these things?

    Posted by: Yeek | May 19, 2008 6:14:29 PM


    I don't think OAKLING was calling you crazy. I'm pretty sure he was referring to this asshole of a president.

    I checked out the article and it's ironic that "...President Jammeh said he was bent on making the Gambia one of the best countries to live in..."
    I doubt that he even understands what that means.

    I was born and raised in East Africa myself and from experience I know that some of these countries have a level of acceptance of gays that we couldn't see in some north American cities. I have a couple of childhood friends who are transgenders and have lived "freely" that way. And they still live there. In my opinion, it all boils down to how each specific community deals with sexuality.

    Not to blame it on religion, but christian nations back there have lesser animosities towards gays and lesbians and that's partly because they are animist to an extent.

    Posted by: Shabaka | May 19, 2008 6:17:39 PM

  9. You are right JEFFNYC, Barack Husein Obama is anti-gay and so is his wife.His deep down feelings are of homophobia.Thank God and God forbids, if he become President of the USA, the Congress will keep him in check to lash against gays.
    JIMMYBOYO only 1/3 of cubans have african heritage and even in the worse of times gays were harrased but never killed in Cuba.
    Also do not blame the problems of Africa in colonialism, every country in the world have been somebody elses colony or in slavery.Spain was slave to the muslims for 700 years, 700 freeking years,and now have civil-unions for gays and going to approve marriage.In fact it is the or one of the more enlighten countries not only in Europe but in the world.Also is one of the more catholic countries in the world.Catholicism is the more orthodox andthe first of the christian religions.

    Posted by: Oscar | May 19, 2008 6:17:40 PM

  10. YEEK

    Any sane and responsible scholar would tell you that current IQ tests are 100% culturaly biased.

    There have been efforts to make IQ tests less culturaly biased, but there is NO standarized IQ test for the entire freaking planet of multitudes of different cultures and people ....YET

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | May 19, 2008 6:19:35 PM

  11. Oscar

    check wikipedia


    pure african descent 1/4th to 1/3

    mullato = MIXED (african in there) another 1/4th

    total about

    1/2 of cubans have African blood in them


    Liberal catholic spain

    In fact just the opposite.

    Liberal spain vs catholic spain

    The liberal secular government of Spain has said hell no to catholicism and

    1- cut all government financing of catholic schools

    2- the removal of priests form beuracratic positions

    3- the gay rights issue in rebellion against what the catholic church in spain wanted

    Spain has become a success story of SECULARISM triumphing over ignorant catholicism

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | May 19, 2008 6:24:29 PM

  12. Jimmyboyo -

    I guess the key to testing the cultural-bias theory would be do simply do the reverse: design an IQ test that is culturally biased toward African populations instead of Asian/European ones. The results of that IQ test should show opposite results, with Africa coming out on top.

    That would be a fascinating experiment - someone should do it....

    Posted by: Yeek | May 19, 2008 6:25:51 PM

  13. Actually, Christopher, you forgot to mention the problems in Somalia (which lacks a functioning government and is riven by violent clans) and Zimbabwe (which has a horrific government). And those are just off the top of my head; if I actually looked at a map I could name more problem African countries. Some countries in North Africa (Tunisia, Morocco) are OK in terms of human rights, and South Africa trumps the rest of the continet. But I've done tons of work involving foreign aid, much of it involving Africa. And it really is a pretty terrible, hopeless place.

    And unfortunately, aid will still flow to the Gambia (its official name includes "the") from organizations like the UN and the World Bank, who aren't allowed to use governance in most of their aid and lending decisions. The Bank *sometimes* withholds loans in cases of clear, mind-blowing corruption. But not always, by any stretch. And well-meaning nongovernmental organizations and in-kind supporters (like the Peace Corps) will still have a presence there. So, the aid the U.S. won't be providing through the MCC is, unfortunately, a drop in the bucket of foreign aid to this sick jerk and his cronies.

    Posted by: Paul R | May 19, 2008 6:28:13 PM

  14. test?

    It has already been proven thus by western scholars = 100% culturaly biased.

    What we need is a standarized IQ test for the world. I also think we need 1 world government, but hey besides being crazy loony tunes I am also ahead of my time in some ways.


    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | May 19, 2008 6:29:36 PM

  15. OSCAR, surely you agree that Africa as a whole deserves more half a century to get over slavery and colonialism. Both of which were particularly cruel as in unprecedented. Africans need to take responsibility and quit blaming other people for their misery. However what that continent is going through is a direct result of centuries of unbelievable cruelty by both its aboriginals and foreigners.

    Posted by: Shabaka | May 19, 2008 6:32:51 PM

  16. Paul

    The world bank is part of the problem. requiring African countries to put their resources at the disposal of the World bank ....i.e. water rights!!!??? Rendering farmers in africa unable to utilize the water sources their ancestors used for millenia and thus end up starving.

    Bono and even the former pope John Paul were big on the World Bank redoing its lending practices to Africa since it was causing a lot of the problems in Africa like poverty and starvation

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | May 19, 2008 6:33:23 PM

  17. PS

    Paul R


    gained indipendence in the 60's

    Peace and stability in Somalia = diamond companies having to take less of a profit while allowing more money to flow back to Somalia and its people.

    There are vested intrests outside of Africa that do not want peace and stability in Somalia and thus why they supply arms and turmoil between its groups. Got to keep the diamonds rolling out of somalia and the huge amounts of money rolling into non african pockets

    Enough already.

    The topic of this thread was Gambia and the horid Human being leading that country

    Gay racists? OY

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | May 19, 2008 6:38:33 PM

  18. Bono = 80 Courics. Both he and the former Pope should have considered paying taxes before telling others what to do with their money.

    Posted by: Paul | May 19, 2008 6:42:17 PM

  19. Oh my God JIMMBOYO, do you really believe Wikipedia?.Anybody can say anything they want.An Spain is very,very catholic even if its government is socialist.Only Ireland,Italy and Mexico are as catholic as Spain.Yes it is one of the most catholic in the world.And in Cuba 1/3 of the population has african blood and are mostly from Congo,Nigeria and Mahome, the spaniards did it so to make assimilation and control easier and are also the most beautiful of the african race (I mean cuban blacks amd mulatos).Yummy.

    Posted by: Oscar | May 19, 2008 6:42:41 PM

  20. It's interesting to see all the hatred directed at Africa EVEN though we've see continued to see constant violent, murderous homophobia in European or European-controlled countries like the Netherlands, Latvia, Lithuania, Australia, and the Russia.

    Hello! Russia homophobic violence is addressed in an article right before this one! Human rights? Do a little research into horrific racism in Russia that allows children to be murdered with no punishment.

    Last year, immigrants from Russia and other eastern European countries held anti-gay protests in California. Two eastern European men killed a gay Fijian-American who was attending a holiday party at public forest preserve.

    Yes, there's horrific violence in Africa. But who finances and arms the violence? The guns come from some place? Guess where? The U.S., Europe, Russia, and China are the biggest financiers and arms suppliers.

    The wars in Africa may have ethnic components but they are also making a lot of money for people. The genocide in Sudan takes place because China benefits from close ties to the Sudanese government.

    Just as the U.S. and the Soviets had proxy wars in Asia and Latin America, so did they have wars in Africa.

    And, let's be real about human rights abuses in the United States. Although 70% of all drug arrests are of white Americans, non-whites are 12 times as likely to get prison terms.

    The United States and China are the two leading countries with the highest percentage of their populace imprisoned. What's wrong with that picture?

    As for Latin America, the blood bath of violence there that has gone on for generations was led by the white minority as a tool to oppress and control the non-white populations. There are, of course, white on white violent atrocities like those committed by the Argentine junta against its citizenry but those pale in comparison to the butchery visited upon the indigenous and African populations of most Latin American countries. Read a little history on Gunboat diplomacy or the United Fruit Company or Reagan and his adventures in El Salvador and Nicaragua to understand U.S. complicity in the horrors in Latin America.

    Then, while you're at it, read about the 70 million (!) people Mao helped to kill in China and 50 million people Stalin butchered in the Soviet Union.

    Africa is no lone place of horror. Human being have been and continue to slaughter each other no matter the continent just ask the thousands murdered in the 1990s in Bosnia, Serbia, and Croatia while the European Union did nothing to stop the "ethnic cleansing."

    As for Cuba, we are talking about brutal dictatorship that imprisons and executes its citizens. This is also a dictatorship run by a white elite that does not permit many non-whites into positions of power and has suppressed Afro-/mulatto Cubans for fighting for more political power.

    Posted by: rafer | May 19, 2008 6:45:04 PM

  21. Shabaka, I'm with you.
    Thank you.

    Posted by: Oscar | May 19, 2008 6:46:32 PM

  22. Jimmyboyo, believe me---I am more than well aware that the World Bank has created enormous problems with its lending practices in Africa and around the world. It has improved slightly in recent years, but my point was somewhat critical anyway: I think that governance should be a factor in who receives aid, and I consider human rights a component of governance.

    As for Somalia, many other countries also have diamonds. For example, Liberia under Charles Taylor was not a nice place, but there was a government in place, no matter how curel and corrupt. And now there's a new government that may bring improvements to the nation's suffering people. That can't be said of Somalia.

    Africa's many seemingly intractable problems will take a very long time to solve.

    Posted by: Paul R | May 19, 2008 7:10:59 PM

  23. Why are American black people so proud of their African heritage? Most of the continent is exactly this insanely homophobic and sexist, even the freed South Africa. At least half of the countries are dictatorships and even Kenya has become a hell-hole for democracy. Tutsis versus Hutus in Rwanda, the rape of Darfur, SA men with AIDS fucking baby girls to rid themselves of the disease, female circumcision, and clowns like Robert Mugabe, Idi Amin, Quadaffi, etc etc The only African leaders worth a damn ever to come out of there were Haile Selassie (whom my father met many years ago) of Ethiopia, Anwar Sadat of Egypt, and Bishop Desmond Tutu and Mr Mandela of S.A.

    Now watch the junior NAACP league come out and call me a racist because I dare to point out these facts. You liberals are so fuckin' deep in denial.

    Posted by: Matt | May 19, 2008 7:58:39 PM

  24. Obama is NOT anti-gay, Oscar! He is the only one of the candidates to support the FULL REPEAL of DOMA and states he will end DADT. Where the hell do you get this from? Because he's black? Jeebus.

    Posted by: UhOhChongo | May 19, 2008 8:17:36 PM

  25. Matt

    said "You liberals..... "

    Hows that self hating log cabinite thing doing for you?

    A gay conservative is like a black KKK member or a Jewish Nazi

    See, i didn't even have to call you racist.


    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | May 19, 2008 8:25:55 PM

  26. « | 1 2 3 »

Post a comment


« «Towleroad Guide to the Tube #291« «