Gambia Passes Draconian anti-LGBTI Law

Washington

Following reports that Gambian President Yaya Jammeh signed a draconian law mandating life imprisonment for individuals perceived to be LGBTI in The Gambia, Freedom House issued the following statement:

"Passage of this law violates the fundamental human rights of Gambian citizens and continues a worrisome anti-LGBTI regional trend across West Africa" said Maïté Hostetter, program officer for West Africa at Freedom House. "This is a flagrant violation of fundamental human rights.”

Gambia is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2014, and Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2014

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