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Gambia To Toughen Anti-gay Laws By Banning All LGBT Rights Organizations and Advocacy

Momodou SaballyIn a statement to the press on Friday, Gambia’s Secretary General and Minister for Presidential Affairs Momodou Sabally announced legislation to further toughen anti-LGBT laws in the West African nation by banning all LGBT rights advocacy.

Homosexual acts are already illegal in Gambia and can be punished with up to 14 years in prison.  

Sabally said the government plans to strengthen its efforts to ward off any attempt to promote homosexuality, drug abuse and other crimes in The Gambia and that his country "will not import any western culture into the country in exchange for foreign aid" - likely in reference to the U.S. recently imposing a series of sanctions on Uganda over the country's own anti-gay laws.

In the past, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has been outspoken about his hatred of gays - announcing his plans back in 2008 to 'cut off the head' of any homosexual caught in his country. 


Gambian President Threatens Gay Asylum Seekers: 'If I Catch Them I Will Kill Them'

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According to the APA, President of The Gambia Yahya Jammeh, who recently compared gays to ‘vermin’ and ‘malaria-infected mosquitos’ has accused Gambian citizens seeking asylum in the west of pretending to be gay so as to avoid having to return home:

“Some people go to the west and claim they are gays and that their lives are at risk in The Gambia, in order for them to be granted a stay in Europe. If I catch them I will kill them” the Gambian leader warned.

According to him, the British authorities have realized the untruthfulness of those claims which people used as a strategy to stay in Britain.

He said, the British have decided to conduct a test on travelers claiming to come from The Gambia and information to confirm their sexual orientation. 

The “tests” Jammeh mentions may refer to reports that surfaced late last year that found foreign nationals seeking asylum in Britain on the grounds that they were gay and would face persecution at home often had to provide “proof” they were gay, with extreme cases showing that individuals handed over “photographic and video evidence of 'highly personal sexual activity.’”

Jammeh has a history of making anti-gay threats, previously warning homosexuals in The Gambia, “If we catch you, you will regret why you were born.” Jammeh also labeled homosexuality as “one of the biggest threats to human existence” in an address before the United Nations last year.


Secretary of State John Kerry Calls Gambian President's Gay 'Vermin' Remarks 'Unacceptable'

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Secretary of State John Kerry released a statement yesterday in response to remarks from Gambian President Yahya Jammeh on Tuesday which labeled homosexuals "vermin" that should be exterminated like malaria-causing mosquitos.

Said Kerry:

The United States is deeply troubled by the hateful rhetoric used by President Jammeh in his National Day speech on February 18. All people are created equal and should be able to live free from discrimination, and that includes discrimination based on sexual identity and sexual orientation. We call on the Government of The Gambia to protect the human rights of all Gambians, and we encourage the international community to send a clear signal that statements of this nature have no place in the public dialogue and are unacceptable.

Human rights and fundamental freedoms belong to all individuals. The United States stands by you no matter where you are and no matter who you love.

Said Jammeh on Tuesday:

"We will fight these vermins called homosexuals or gays the same way we are fighting malaria-causing mosquitoes, if not more aggressively...We will therefore not accept any friendship, aid or any other gesture that is conditional on accepting homosexuals or LGBT as they are now baptised by the powers that promote them...As far as I am concerned, LGBT can only stand for Leprosy, Gonorrhoea, Bacteria and Tuberculosis; all of which are detrimental to human existence."


Gambian President: Gays Are 'Vermin' And Should Be Killed Like Malaria-Infected Mosquitos

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Gambian President Yahya Jammeh continued to feed the frenzy of anti-gay fervor on the African continent when on Tuesday he called homosexuals “vermin” and pledged his government will fight them much the same way it fights mosquitoes (notorious for spreading malaria). Reuters reports:

"We will fight these vermins called homosexuals or gays the same way we are fighting malaria-causing mosquitoes, if not more aggressively," Jammeh said in a speech on state television to mark the 49th anniversary of Gambia's independence from Britain.

Britain and some other Western nations have threatened to cut aid to governments that pass anti-gay laws.

But Jammeh said his country would defend its sovereignty and Islamic beliefs, and not yield to outside pressure on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues.

"We will therefore not accept any friendship, aid or any other gesture that is conditional on accepting homosexuals or LGBT as they are now baptised by the powers that promote them," he said.

"As far as I am concerned, LGBT can only stand for Leprosy, Gonorrhoea, Bacteria and Tuberculosis; all of which are detrimental to human existence," he added.

These are not Jammeh’s first incendiary and anti-gay comments since coming to power two decades ago in a coup. Last April, Jammeh threatened, “If we catch you, you will regret why you are born.” And in his address before the UN General Assembly this past fall he labeled homosexuality one of the three “biggest threats to human existence,” dubbing it “more deadly than all natural disasters put together."


Gambian President Calls Homosexuality One of the 'Biggest Threats to Human Existence' in UN Address

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At the United Nations General Assembly earlier today, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh continued his crusade against homosexuality, labeling it as one of the three "biggest threats to human existence." The AP reports that Jammeh used his address to say that homosexuality, along with greed and obsession with world domination, is "more deadly than all natural disasters put together."

Jammeh's hard-line stance against gays and lesbians has been well-documented here on Towleroad. Back in 2008, he announced plans to "cut off the head" of any homosexual caught in his country. In April, Jammeh reiterated his stern warning: "Homosexuals are not welcome in Gambia. If we catch you, you will regret why you are born." 


Gambian President Threatens Gays: 'If We Catch You, You Will Regret Why You Are Born'

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, who has a long history of anti-gay threats, has made a few more.

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“Homosexuality is anti-humanity. I have never seen homosexual chicken, or turkey.. If you are convicted of homosexuality in this country, there will be no mercy for offenders. We will put you in the female wing of the prison,” Jammeh said.

“We want the population to grow. There will be children in this country. Homosexuality is anti-god, anti-human, and anti-civilization. Homosexuals are not welcome in the Gambia. If we catch you, you will regret why you are born. I have buffalos from South Africa and Brazil and they never date each other. We are ready to eat grass but we will not compromise on this. Allowing homosexuality means allowing satanic rights. We will not allow gays here.”


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