‘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

President Yahya Jammeh interview on PRESS TV

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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.”

How to know if you are gay?

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Determining your sexual orientation can be a confusing experience, but only you can truly determine it, on your own terms. There’s no test for it yet, so the most reliable method is do look at your history, your feelings, and make an educated guess. Below is some helpful information on figuring out a little more … Read more

Gambia: Arrested ‘homosexuals’ arraigned, remanded

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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 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 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

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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 more

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

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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 more