Gambia: Arrested ‘homosexuals’ arraigned, remanded

Alleged homosexuals, who were recently arraigned at the Banjul Magistrate Court before Magistrate Samsideen Conteh, have had their case transferred to the High Court. The accused persons, who were facing trial on a single-count charge of ‘aggravated homosexuality’, were ordered to be remanded in prison custody. During the course of the proceedings, the 3rd accused … Read moreGambia: Arrested ‘homosexuals’ arraigned, remanded

Gambia government denies coup plot against Yahya Jammeh

The Gambia’s government has denied there has been an attempt to overthrow President Yahya Jammeh while he is abroad. A statement broadcast on state radio said that “contrary to rumours being circulated, peace and calm continue to prevail” in the West African state. Heavy gunfire had earlier erupted near the presidential palace in the capital. … Read moreGambia government denies coup plot against Yahya Jammeh

Firing reported at Gambia presidential palace

Sounds of heavy gunfire at presidential palace in small west African nation, AP news agency quotes residents as saying. Heavy gunfire near Gambia’s presidential palace has been reported by residents of the small West African nation, according to the Associated Press news agency. The violence rocking Banjul early on Tuesday comes as longtime ruler Yahya … Read moreFiring reported at Gambia presidential palace

Gambia parade gays on national TV – GRTS News report

The Gambia has paraded 3 men suspected of engaging in homosexual acts as crackdown on the LGBT community continues. The National Intelligence Agency said it will continue its operation even though some members of the LGBT community have ran to other countries. The Gambia say it will prosecute the men and they are likely to be convicted to life in prison. The Gambia’s President, Yahya Jammeh has signed a law, making “aggravated homosexuality” an offense punishable by a life sentence.

Source: Fatu Radio Network

3 suspected gays to be prosecuted

The West African nation The Gambia has begun rounding up and arresting individuals suspected of being gay, BuzzFeed reports. Gambian media outlet the Daily Observer reports that at least three individuals have already been arrested on suspicion of homosexuality. You’ll recall that The Gambia criminalized“aggravated homosexuality” earlier this year with punishment up to life in prison. The … Read more3 suspected gays to be prosecuted

Digital security tools and tactics for the LGBTI community in the Arabic region

In most Arab countries, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans* (LGBT) persons are still far from gaining social recognition. Despite the various social and cultural differences within the Arab world, silence remains a factor that cuts across the regional disparities and prevails whenever such taboo issues as homosexuality or transsexuality are broached. Over the last few … Read moreDigital security tools and tactics for the LGBTI community in the Arabic region

Gambia ‘getting away with murder’ as european donors grapple with funding effort

European efforts to pressure Gambia over its new anti-gay law could be undermined as the tiny West African nation turns to Gulf Arab donors for aid. The move calls into question the effectiveness of holding up aid to sway governments on their human rights policies, experts said, especially as African states with rights violations increasingly … Read moreGambia ‘getting away with murder’ as european donors grapple with funding effort

Yahya Jammeh: The Gambian dictator who betrayed Kunta Kinteh

The Gambia, the smallest country on mainland Africa, has a reputation for being the “Smiling Coast of Africa,” thanks in part to its stunning coastline and abundance of natural beauty. What many outsiders forget, however, is that the country was at the heart of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Gambian lore is thus inherently linked to … Read moreYahya Jammeh: The Gambian dictator who betrayed Kunta Kinteh

OJ tells Jammeh: We do not have a gay problem in The Gambia

The PPP leader said it is “serious hypocrisy” for gays to be singled out and punished on moral and religious ground in a country where people are fornicating and worshipping idols which he argued are equally forbidden in Islam
OJ said the secular constitution of The Gambia has provided protection for everyone regardless of belief as long as it does not encroach on the rights of others.

“The life sentence law against the gay people is wrong and it should be repealed immediately. I would rather leave things for God to decide and not me as He is the maker of every human being. I don’t think it is appropriate us to send someone to life imprisonment because we don’t like them or what they do. And I am telling Jammeh and the Gambian people that if we want to implement shari-ah law in this country it is illegal uncalled for and unconstitutional because this country is not an Islamic state but a secular state. Even those who go to the bush to adore their idols have the right to adore them in this country. I don’t see any reason why Yahya Jammeh is making so much noise about gays in The Gambia.

“The gays should have their rights respected as human beings. I am not saying that I support gays. It is not every time that what you support or like will happen. That is the world; every day you see things that you don’t like but who makes you the referee to stand in the place of Allah and punish them? There was no law in this country before Yahya Jammeh that said that gays should be prosecuted and still people lived in peace and I have never heard of any situation in any community in this country before 1994 where gay and straight (normal people) have problems. We are not godlier than the Americans and the British; anybody who says that is lying. With all Jammeh’s condemnation of the European Union all his major road projects are being funded by the EU.

“To start campaigning against gays is promoting homosexulaity in The Gambia which is not a problem in this country and has never been a problem. But people have to know that lesbianism and homosexuality are as old as the human race and nobody in the world can eradicate it. Just like fornication people are doing things that all religions condemn particularly Islam but the requirements and the punishments that the Qur’an says should be meted out to them are never done. There are people here who have wives and kids but have got children outside their marriages and this is punishable by death in Islam. But how many people in this country have been jailed or beaten for having children outside marriage?

“So this whole issue about gays is to divert people’s attention from pressing issues particularly about the serious failures and deficiencies of the Jammeh regime. This is serious hypocrisy because we have seen women here wrestling with men and that is seriously condemned by the Qur’an and why are people not talking about that? We have seen males and females who are not married being gathered in Kanilai which is also barred under shari-ah law. The Gambia is not an Islamic state; we are a secular state where every religion should have the same freedom like any other religion. People should be allowed under the secular constitution to perform respect or be a party to any religion of their will. This has nothing to do with the government. I think we should tell Yahya Jammeh to provide people with food for them to have decent meals because a bag of rice is now not affordable to the majority of the Gambian population” he said.

OJ also alleged that the recent protest held in Banjul against gay rights was a “gathering funded and supported by the government in order to promote the agenda of Yahya Jammeh and not the Gambian people. The Gambian people are not interested in that protest; they are more interested in pressing issues of their lives. The hunger and starvation that has gripped this country since 1994 is historic. Just recently the UNDP has said that over 200000 Gambians are in dire need of food aid and 80000 of whom are suffering from malnutrition and 30000 of the 80000 are children who are suffering from acute malnutrition. That is what should be the agenda of Yahya Jammeh and not marching here to talk about gays.”