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May 13, 2014

President Yahya Jammeh has claimed that Gambians are lying about their sexuality and claiming to be persecuted in his country in order to gain entry to European countries

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has made the extraordinary claim that Gambians are faking being gay in order to claim asylum in European countries and has threatened anyone who does so with death.

‘Some people go to the West and claim they are gays and that their lives are at risk in The Gambia in order for them to be granted a stay in Europe,’ Jammeh said on Thursday according to APA.

‘If I catch them I will kill them.’

April 9, 2014

As Rwanda reflects on 20 years since the death of a million of its citizens, a tide of anti-LGBTI hate is engulfing Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, DRC, South Africa and beyond

This week we are marking 20 years since the Rwanda genocide. Twenty years seems like a long time but to the survivors it seems like yesterday. The effects of this tragedy will last forever. Our prayers go to all the victims.

We pay tribute to all those who played a part in stopping the genocide from claiming more lives, we also call upon all the perpetrators of this catastrophic hate crime to be brought to justice.

February 21, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry slams Yahya Jammeh for calling gay people ‘vermin’ that must be dealt with like mosquitoes

Secretary of State John Kerry said the US is 'deeply troubled' by Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh calling gay people ‘vermin’ that must be dealt with like mosquitoes.

Kerry labeled Jammeh's remarks 'hateful rhetoric' and called on the international community to condemn them.

'All people are created equal and should be able to live free from discrimination, and that includes discrimination based on sexual identity and sexual orientation,' Kerry said in a statement.

December 29, 2013

Anti-gay African leader Yahya Jammeh launches fresh attacks on homosexuality and warns Gambians not to expose children to ‘alien cultures’ in annual broadcast

Yahya Jammeh, president of the Gambia, used his annual Christmas message to renew his attacks against homosexuality calling it an ‘evil and strange social cancer’.

He encouraged Gambians to reflect on the ‘pristine values’ and teachings of Christianity at this time of year, having previously warned the UN General Assembly that gay people are a threat to human existence.

November 6, 2013

Omar Kuddus asks if LGBTI activism has become dominated by ‘fashions’ and whether a focus on Russia is distracting from the wider struggle for rights

Whilst the world’s and media’s attention is focused on the plight of Russian LGBTIs, we must not forget homosexuality is illegal in 76 countries.

With the Winter Olympics Sochi in 2014 and Russia’s anti-gay propaganda laws firmly in place, not a day goes by without some news about the conditions Russian homosexuals face under the heinous anti-gay propaganda laws.

October 10, 2013

African LGBTI Out & Proud Diamond Group is calling all supporters of the Gambia LGBT community to come and fight against anti-gay laws

Gay rights groups will be holding a protest against the Gambia president who wishes to behead LGBT people in London today (10 October).

African LGBTI Out & Proud Diamond Group will be calling all supporters to the Gambian High Commission after Yahya Jammeh's vitriolic homophobic United Nations speech where he claimed 'homosexuality is one of the biggest threats to human existence.'

October 3, 2013

One of the 20 charged with homosexuality last year attempted to flee Gambia after losing his job and being disowned by his family and move to Senegal

A Gambia gay man who fled the country after being arrested and outed died yesterday evening (2 October).

The man known only as EJ was one of the 20 charged for ‘unlawful carnal knowledge’, otherwise known as homosexuality, in 2012.

Even though the charges were dropped due to a lack of evidence, the men will still hounded after their names and pictures were published in the newspapers.

September 29, 2013

Homophobic African leader spoke out against gay rights at the United Nations

The president of Gambia has used his address to the United Nations to attack lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people - claiming gender and sexual minorities are one of the three 'biggest threats to human existence'.

Gambian president Yahya Jammeh compared homosexuality to the sins of greed and a lust for power, saying it is 'more deadly than all natural disasters put together'.

May 17, 2013

Gambia president, Ukraine MP and American legal center named in Human Rights Watch's IDAHO 2013 Hall of Shame

International rights organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) released its 2013 Hall of Shame for IDAHO (International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia) today.

Gambian president Yahya Jammeh was named for his 'persistent' homophobia. He directly addressed LGBT people in parliament in March saying 'if you are convicted of homosexuality in this country, there will be no mercy for offenders'.

HRW report that 20 people were charged with committing 'unnatural offenses' in the Gambia in 2012, but were acquitted due to lack of evidence.

March 30, 2013

Yahya Jammeh, president of Gambia, attacked gay people and warned: do not ever visit the country or ‘you will regret why you are born’ 

Gambia’s president Yahya Jammeh, ranted against gay people in his speech addressing the country’s parliament.

He called homosexuality ‘satanic’, as well as ‘anti-god, anti-human, and anti-civilization’.

October 26, 2012

UK's Lib-Dem, Tory and Labour Lords and Baronesses stand up for gay rights in short, late afternoon debate

The House of Lords has called for a stronger government stance against the mistreatment of gay men and women in the developing world.

Members of the British parliament's upper house united in a debate led by Conservative peer Lord Lexden yesterday (25 October).

August 3, 2012

While the 18 defendants are relieved the case against them collapsed, they now have become social outcasts and may be in danger of homophobia and persecution

A court in Gambia has dropped charges against 18 men who had been arrested in April and alleged with homosexuality.

The public prosecutor informed the court on Wednesday (1 August) that there was insufficient evidence to continue with the case.

If the men had been convicted of homosexuality they would have violated the country’s strict article 144 of the Gambian criminal code, which stipulates a punishment of up to 14 years imprisonment.

July 19, 2012

Trial of 18 men arrested for being gay in Gambia hears how police officers raided a bar in the capital Banjul

Police have described how they raided a gay bar in Gambia during a trial of 18 people arrested for being homosexual.

Two officers were called by the prosecution to testify against the men who were arrested at a bar in the suburbs of the capital Banjul on 6 April, reported allAfrica.com

The men were charged with 'indecent practice between a male' and they all pleaded not guilty.

April 24, 2012

President of Gambia in West Africa compares gays and lesbians to donkeys and zebras

The president of Gambia says his country has 'no room for gays and lesbians'.

Yahya Jammeh made the comments at the Legislative Chambers, while presiding over the 2012 State Opening of the National Assembly.

Referring to Western pressure for the African country to improve gay rights and threats to withdraw aid if it doesn't, he said: 'If you want us to be ungodly for you to give us aid, take your aid away, we will survive. We will rather eat grass than accept this ungodly evil attitude that is anti-God, anti-human and anti-creation.

April 11, 2012

Reports that a raid on a bar in the capital Banjul resulted in 15 arrests, some may be under-age

Reports from the Gambia say that at least 15 men 'suspected of homosexuality' were arrested at a bar in the suburbs of the capital Banjul late on Monday night.

Gambian police sources told AFP that they had received a tip off that people were ‘publicly displaying or promoting homosexual activities’.

February 15, 2012

Gays 'destroy our culture', says the President of Gambia in West Africa

The President of Gambia says gay people 'destroy' culture, despite pressure from the West to improve human rights in Africa.

Yahya Jammeh made the comments yesterday as he swore in 15 ministers of his new government, the South African Press Association reported.

He said: 'We know what human rights are. Human beings of the same sex cannot marry or date.