Apr 022013
Yahya Jammeh

Yahya Jammeh, Gambia's President, has called on homosexuals not to visit his country if you do not want to "repent of being born." He also defined homosexuality as evil, against God, humanity and civilization in General.

On the occasion of the opening of the Gambian Parliament, attended by various diplomats, President Yahya Jammeh announced, among other things, the possible end of the moratorium on the death penalty since there has been a sharp increase in homicides. He also launched a sort of crusade against homosexuals.

Homosexuality is against humanity. I've never seen a chicken or a Peacock homosexuals ... If someone is recognized guilty of homosexuality in this country, we will have no mercy for him. We'll put in the female prison wing.

Yahya Jammeh, evidently does not consider homosexuality. However, he continued:

We want the population to grow. There must be kids in this country. Homosexuality or against God, against humanity and against civilization. Homosexuals are not welcome in the Gambia. If we capture them, they will repent of being born. Allow homosexuality means allow Satanic rights. We will not allow the presence of homosexuals on our soil.

Aren't these the first claims of Yahya Jammeh. In 2008 threatened to behead all homosexuals who would not let the country (and after the ultimatum was put in prison a couple of gay Spaniards who were in Gambia). In 2009 an appeal addressed to the army because it allowed homosexual acts among his files (came to argue that gays and lesbians should finish at the stake) and even then called homosexuality evil. In 2012 stated that the rights of homosexual persons cannot be considered human rights.

In Gambia homosexual relations are punished with detention for up to fourteen. Unlike what happens in other countries, it is common for men than for women: in 2005, the country has updated its penal code to include punishment for lesbians.

Roberto Russo

The President of the Gambia is increasingly homophobic