Three weeks ago, Yahya Jammeh, the president of The Gambia, ordered all homosexuals to leave the country and promised to "cut off the head" of any gay man remaining in the West African nation. The grandiose dictator, who also claims he can cure HIV/AIDS, also threatened legal action against any hotel, motel or landlord renting to known homosexuals.
New York-based Human Rights Watch criticizes the despicable comments and threats of anti-gay violence. "We urge you to publicly disavow threats and vilification directed against gays and lesbian people in Gambia," says the open letter signed by Scott Long, director of HRW's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Program. "We ask you to affirm publicly and without equivocation that all people should enjoy their rights regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity," he wrote.
Long also "called on Jammeh to ask police to release all people still detained on charges or under suspicion of homosexual conduct and refrain from such arrests." Reportedly, about two weeks after Jammeh's outrageous public statements, two Spaniards "were arrested and accused of making a homosexual advance to two taxi drivers."
Let's wish for the best for our brothers and sisters in The Gambia and across Africa. The political climate in the States may not be to our liking, but, its a helluva lot better than what these people have to endure.