Court to rule on ‘homosexuals’ bail application

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The three Gambians charged with engaging in homosexual acts yesterday applied for bail at the High Court in Banjul before Justice Abi. The accused persons Alieu Sarr, Momarr Sowe and Modou Lamin Bittaye are facing multiple charges of unnatural offences and conspiracy. Counsel L.S. Camara, S. Jahateh and Gaye Coker represented Alieu Sarr and Momarr … Read more

The Pata PJ Vault: If my child were gay

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When I saw the headlines on a suspected Gambian gay man allegedly tortured to near death, I was filled with rage, embarrassment and disgust, that the government of the Gambia had finally practicalized their threats to homosexuals. International media reported that he feared he was going to die as he was reportedly seen rushed to … Read more

Alleged homosexuals deny any wrongdoing

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Three Gambians alleged to have been engaged in homosexual acts in the country and diverse places yesterday appeared at the High Court in Banjul before Justice Abi. The three suspects – Alieu Sarr, Momarr Sowe and Modou Lamin Bittaye – were charged with six counts of unnatural offences and conspiracy, which they all denied. Counsel … Read more

Condemn the imprisonment, torture, and threats of execution faced by the LGBT community in Gambia.

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The Coca Cola company has long claimed to support the LGBT community, and to “not condone intolerance or discrimination of any kind anywhere in the world.” Yet in Gambia, home to a major Coca Cola facility in West Africa, they have said and done nothing while people suspected of being gay are imprisoned, tortured, and … Read more

Witness says gambian man accused of homosexuality bore signs of torture, may be executed

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“He has cotton in his nose and he is coughing blood and saying, ‘I know I’m going to die,’” the witness told BuzzFeed News. A man who was arrested in the Gambia was transferred on Monday from a prison to a hospital bearing signs of torture, an eyewitness told BuzzFeed News by phone. On Tuesday, … Read more

Obama urged to take action against Gambia for anti-LGBT law

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President Barack Obama is facing pressure to take further action against the Gambia for the West African nation’s recently enacted anti-LGBT law. In a letter to Obama dated Jan. 23, fourteen LGBT-rights organizations urged that Obama’s State Department demand the Gambian government provide more information on the health and safety of individuals who have been … Read more

Obama urged to pressure Jammeh over homosexual laws

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More than a dozen LGBT advocacy groups on Friday called upon the Obama administration ban Gambian officials responsible for human rights abuses from entering the U.S. The Human Rights Campaign, the Council for Global Equality, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, Human Rights First, GLAAD, the National LGBTQ Task Force, the Los Angeles … Read more

HRC: Countries to watch in 2015 – Troubling developments in The Gambia

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As 2015 begins, The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, takes a closer look at a few of the many countries where the fight for equality is making progress, as well as those where the fundamental rights of LGBT people are increasingly under attack. Troubling … Read more

‘I will not change’- President Jammeh tells security forces

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Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh on Saturday January 10 said he would not alter his governance system to allow practices that will offend God the Almighty. Addressing hundreds of security forces at a march past held at July 22 Square in Banjul, the President said:  ”I will not change; I would rather die than support vices … Read more