Obama urged to pressure Jammeh over homosexual laws

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 moreObama urged to pressure Jammeh over homosexual laws

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

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

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

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

President Yahya Jammeh interview on PRESS TV

President Yahya Jammeh on youth unemployment, homosexuality. “It’s unafican, it’s unethical, it’s ungodly. Go to the Bible and the Koran. We are Muslims and we believe in the almighty Allah and what He says. Whatever Allah says is Harram.” “I didn’t introduce the death penalty here. The British brought the death penalty here to The Gambia.”

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