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Rights group calls out Gambia president for abuses

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
In a new report, Amnesty International said Wednesday the human rights situation has deteriorated sharply this past year.
""The climate of fear worsened over the last 12 months, with people perceived to be gay or lesbian increasingly targeted," said Amnesty's West Africa researcher Sabrina Mahtani. ...

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Host of Rubio fundraiser was foreign agent for dictator who endorses gay beheadings

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)
Jennifer Lukawsk recently served as the registered foreign agent for Gambia, a western African regime known for its human rights abuses, including repeated threats to behead gay people. ...

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Obama administration: Gambia president’s anti-gay threats ‘unconscionable’

Sunday, May 17, 2015
Susan Rice
U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice condemned on Saturday the president of Gambia’s pledge to slit the throats of gay men in his country as “unconscionable.” ...

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Gambia’s president threatens to slit the throats of gay men

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Yahya Jammeh
Jammeh is one of Africa’s most vocal anti-gay leaders and has previously threatened to behead sexual minorities found in his country. ...

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U.S. drops Gambia from trade agreement in response to anti-LGBT crackdown

Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Yahya Jammeh
The decision to drop Gambia from special trade status under the African Growth and Opportunity Act of 2000 came amid news that three Gambian men had been arrested and accused of homosexuality. ...

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Gambia leader approves harsh anti-gay law that includes lifetime prison sentences

Friday, November 21, 2014
Gambian president Yahya Jammeh
DAKAR, Senegal -- The president of Gambia has signed a bill into law that calls for life imprisonment for some homosexual acts, the latest African country to codify harsh penalties for the gay community. ...

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Gambia passes bill imposing life in prison for some homosexual acts

Monday, September 8, 2014
Gambian president Yahya Jammeh
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast A Gambian lawmaker says the National Assembly has passed a bill imposing life imprisonment for some homosexual acts. Minority leader Samba Jallow said Monday the bill brings life sentences for "aggravated homosexuality." A draft bill seen by ...

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Gambia president threatens to kill asylum seekers who cite anti-gay laws

Friday, May 16, 2014
Gambia President Yahya Jammeh
BANJUL, Gambia -- Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh is threatening to kill asylum seekers who cite the country's anti-gay laws and tarnish his image as a leader, reports African press agency APA. ...

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‘Quiet diplomacy’ faulted for advancement of Africa’s anti-gay laws

Thursday, February 20, 2014
DAKAR, Senegal -- Last month, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni met in his office with a team of U.S.-based rights activists concerned about legislation that would impose life sentences for some homosexual acts. South African retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu joined them ...

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

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
John Kerry
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.” ...

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