The president of the tiny African nation of The Gambia has reportedly threatened to kill any homosexuals in his country, adding to his long-time record of cracking down on homosexuality.
“If you do it [in The Gambia] I will slit your throat,” President Yahya Jammeh said in a public speech in the Wolof language, cited by VICE News. “If you are a man and want to marry another man in this country and we catch you, no one will ever set eyes on you again, and no white person can do anything about it.” He reportedly spoke in the town of Farafeni, while on an agriculural tour of his country.
Jammeh’s reference to “white people” was likely a nod to the European Union, which in December 2014 cut off some €13 million of humanitarian aid for The Gambia due to its poor human rights record. The only aid the African nation is receiving now comes from Middle Eastern states.
The EU’s aid freeze came after in November, Jammeh signed a law on “aggravated homosexualism”. It introduced life imprisonment for homosexual men and women who are sentenced for repeating the “offence”, or who are HIV-positive or sick with AIDS. Homosexuality was outlawed in the country even before that, punishable by up to 14 years behind bars.
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