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

Wednesday, December 24, 2014
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 The Associated Press contains language identical to a controversial anti-gay [...]

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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 by phone, pointing out similarities between Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill and [...]

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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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Gambia president to United Nations: Homosexuality top global threat

Friday, September 27, 2013
UNITED NATIONS — The president of Gambia is using his address to the United Nations General Assembly to attack gays and lesbians, calling homosexuality one of the three "biggest threats to human existence." [...]

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Gambia’s president says no gays allowed; if caught, ‘will regret being born’

Saturday, March 30, 2013
Yahya Jammeh
Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh, speaking Thursday night at the opening of the country’s Parliament in Banjul, used the occasion to send out another warning to gays, saying they are not allowed in Gambia, and if caught, "will regret" being born. [...]

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