There are more disturbing developments from the West African nation of The Gambia. President Yahya Jammeh has reportedly unleashed more violent anti-gay threats and warned gay men "do not ever visit the country or 'you will regret why you are born'."
The most recent "anti-gay policy" was delivered on Thursday to parliament while vowing to crack down on crime and corruption, reports the Gambia-based Freedom Newspaper. NOTE: Loud streaming audio of radio program at link.
Jammeh also used the occasion to send out a warning to homosexuals. He said gays are not allowed into the Gambia. He said he stood by his previous declarations [and] has no regrets for his anti gay policy. "Homosexuality is anti-humanity. I have never seen homosexual chicken, or turkey.. If you are convicted of homosexuality in this country, there will be no mercy for offenders. We will put you in the female wing of the prison," Jammeh said.
"Homosexuality is anti-god, anti-human, and anti-civilization. Homosexuals are not welcome in the Gambia. If we catch you, you will regret why you are born. I have buffalos from South Africa and Brazil and they never date each other. Allowing homosexuality means allowing satanic rights. We will not allow gays here."
President Yahya Jammeh has ruled Gambia after seizing power in 1994. In recent years the West African dictator has attracted international attention for his anti-gay rhetoric and violent threats. In May and June 2008, the Gambian leader ordered all homosexuals to leave the country and promised to "cut off the head" of any gay man remained in the West African nation.
Gambia is one of at least 38 of 54 African countries that prohibit same-sex relations. Same-sex relations between men and women are a felony and liable for imprisonment up to seven years. Four nations—Mauritania, Nigeria, Somalia and Sudan—boast the death penalty for gays or same-sex activity. South Africa and Seychelles are the only African nations that protect LGBT rights. South Africa is also the only African nation to guarantee marriage equality.
But there have been some promising developments in Gambia. A court dropped indecency charges in August 2012 against 18 men and two women who were charged with "unnatural offenses" and "indecency". The defendants were accused of homosexuality but the prosecutors' cases were "based on discredited evidence", the judge ruled.
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