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

The 7 worst things Gambia’s president Yahya Jammeh has ever said about gay people

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When he isn’t claiming to have cured AIDS, Gambian president Yahya Jammeh has a history of making unbelievable homophobic comments. Here are some of his worst. 1) In a speech on Saturday Mr Jammeh said gay people would doom the world and that the “empire of homosexuals” would “go down the dirty drain”. “All empires … Read more

Gambia government denies coup plot against Yahya Jammeh

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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 more

Firing reported at Gambia presidential palace

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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 more

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

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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 more

Jammeh threatens to sack gay and lesbian soldiers in gambia

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Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh says he will sack gay and lesbian army officers serving the country’s military. The President who was addressing the newly promoted army chiefs, said lesbianism is a “ taboo” in the army, and therefore warned soldiers to desist from such practices, which he describes as “evil” and ungodly. “We will not … Read more