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Kerry denounces Gambia president’s remarks that LGBT people are ‘vermin’

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday denounced remarks by Gambian President Yahya Jammeh that LGBTQ people are “vermin” and that Gambia’s government would tackle them in “the same way it fights malaria-causing mosquitoes.”

John Kerry

John Kerry

“The United States is deeply troubled by the hateful rhetoric used by President Jammeh in his National Day speech on February 18,” said Kerry, in a statement.

“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. We call on the Government of The Gambia to protect the human rights of all Gambians, and we encourage the international community to send a clear signal that statements of this nature have no place in the public dialogue and are unacceptable,” said Kerry.

“Human rights and fundamental freedoms belong to all individuals. The United States stands by you no matter where you are and no matter who you love,” he added.

Jammeh made his remarks in a televised appearance marking Gambia’s 49 years of independence from British rule.

“We will fight these vermins called homosexuals or gays the same way we are fighting malaria-causing mosquitoes, if not more aggressively,” said Jammeh. “We will therefore not accept any friendship, aid or any other gesture that is conditional on accepting homosexuals or LGBT as they are now baptized by the powers that promote them.”

Last year, in an address to the United Nations, Jammeh said homosexuality was one of the three “biggest threats to human existence.”

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  1. How decent

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:00am
  2. it is about time, now wait a minute, is this the same Kerry…. forget it….

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:00am
  3. Great…no more aid to them…or any other Country with this outlook.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:01am
  4. I knew I liked Kerry for some reason. ☺

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:02am
  5. black bastard

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:02am
  6. Cool

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:02am
  7. Dude that’s so racist…

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:02am
  8. He should fly over there and punch him in the throat.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:03am
  9. i dont like kerry

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:03am
  10. he is fuck idoti

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:03am
  11. he is not nice to color pride so iam so what is fuck his plms

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:04am
  12. he is make stupid excuse for this

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:05am
  13. I love Kerry. Now, the Government must suspend all kinds of financial and humanitarian aid to Uganda, Nigeria, Zambia… because, after all, gay people pay taxes, so heavens forbid they get any tax dollars payed by gay people.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:07am
  14. Yes, and let everyone with HIV die.

    Replied on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 1:52am
  15. Craig, you should know most aid money goes in the pockets of the politicians. It's Bill Gates who really helps with HIV in Africa. Also if Gambia was more accepting of LGBTQ people I am sure they would get more money to fight HIV.

    Replied on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 2:32am
  16. Harsh!:(

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:08am
  17. We can cut off AID and demand repayment of past loans, then they’ll have somthing to worry about. Economic Collapse!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:16am
  18. So... that's your solution? Let countless people die?

    Replied on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 1:08am
  19. I never said let them die Stephen. Without our FINANCIAL Aid their government will exspire and a new Government with sound human rights ethics can be funded, nourish and grow.

    Replied on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 1:46am
  20. Why let churches be tax exempt then? Cutting the entire country out of economic relief, yet our country safely tucks the dollars into the pockets of people who say the same thing?

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:24am
  21. Well I definitely won’t be visiting Gambia any time soon. Smh that’s ridiculous

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:25am
  22. Great support

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:36am
  23. Come on, Kerry, let’s see you and Obama punish these dumbfucks. Stop sending aid.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:36am
  24. Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:54am
  25. Good for him! Now, put your words into actions!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:56am
  26. Stand in there Kerry, and give it to Putin; your bigger and stronger!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 1:09am
  27. send them back slavery

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 1:27am
  28. Way to tell them Kerry!

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 1:42am
  29. that’s nice but where are The White House sanctions against Gambia? All Barack Obama is threatening sanctions against is Ukraine if they don’t join the European Union

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 1:47am
  30. Do you need Cash??????????? If I were you I will just check this out because its different from all others UNBELIEVABLE, SIMPLE and COSTLESS. http://VisitorsToCash.com/?invite=7774

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 2:06am
  31. Sandro & Craig, you are just as hateful as the Gambian president.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 2:18am
  32. Good job John, I knew you would get to it. Oh, you should have been President is Bush didn’t steal the election. :)

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 2:24am
  33. So….. no more aid $$$ for them, right?

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 2:25am
  34. Craig you can get HIV.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 2:36am
  35. If this idiot is what happened after breaking free from British rule it might be a good idea for all concerned to have the British take it back. The country has gone downhill real fast with idiots like that guy running it.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 2:42am
  36. How disgusting of this African Dictator …… Someone should remind him, historically , it wasn’t long ago that his race was wrongly and hatefully considered sub-human …….

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 2:58am
  37. Amen

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 3:12am
  38. Wow

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 3:45am
  39. Enough with the “condemnation”. Hit where it hurts, Silver and Gold.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 4:35am
  40. why on earth does it matter what some third world shithole in Africa has to say about anything occuring in civilized nations?

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 4:47am
  41. End aid to Gambia

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 4:49am
  42. Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 5:05am
  43. Because IC, it’s the human race that we’re concerned for and fighting to protect. I don’t care where or who you are. There will be a genocide of gays. That’s like saying poor people in Dallas don’t matter because I live in Plano, ass.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 5:54am
  44. he’s vermin

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 6:40am
  45. Yet another fat cat African politician screaming against something to take attention away from something else. What is he really trying to hide? Corruption? Blood diamonds? Arms? Looming genocide? There’s always something.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 8:11am
  46. BUT, Will the U.S. continue to send them $$$$….No doubt!! We continue to financially support countries who “hate” us and who disagree with our values….It’s infuriating!

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 10:05am
  47. There are vermin in Gambia; Politicians from the President on down and U.S. Evangelicals who are stirring the pot.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 11:57am
  48. Dictators and there regimes in Africa are known for mass murders of men, women and children. They are known for the torture and rape of women and children. The killing of their elderly and the forcing of children to become murderers. Yet this sick, fuck hole has the audacity to call LGBT people vermin? He can suck it. His opinion means even less than his third world currency.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 11:58am
  49. Thank you for saying this Kerry, I needed this.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 1:49pm
  50. KERRY#1

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 1:54pm
  51. that and more………….rise up !

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 2:59pm
  52. No Aid to them, use it to extend unemployment compensation here. It’s our tax dollars

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 3:11pm