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Gambia President Doesn’t Want Your Gay Aid

Gambia President Doesn’t Want Your Gay Aid

 

Gambia President Yahya Jammeh has said that while he is president he won’t take money from foreign donors hoping to push a so-called gay agenda on the country.

In a speech made Saturday at the opening of the country’s Parliament in Banjul, Jammeh criticized calls from President Barack Obama and British PM David Cameron that countries receiving foreign aid should be subject to LGBT rights-inclusive human rights standards.

The Africa Review quotes Jammeh as saying:

“If you are to give us aid for men and men or for women and women to marry, leave it. We don’t need your aid because as far as I am the president of the Gambia, you will never see that happen in this country,”

“We do not need your aid money. You can keep it. We will not encourage ungodly vices alien to our culture. As long as I’m the president of this country, there will be no gay rights. Homosexuality is forbidden in this country.”

Jammeh closed out his comments by adding, “Let me make it very clear that … you will not bribe me to do what is evil and ungodly.”

This kind of rhetoric is not uncommon among anti-gay nations. Uganda has, for instance, previously said it will not be “bullied” into accepting gay rights through cuts to aid, however no nation that has vociferously protested these demands has yet refused aid donations.

President Jammeh in 2008 called for the beheading of gay people. He later retracted this threat but has since repeated similarly overtly hostile messaging about gay citizens and recently seems to have once again ratcheted up his anti-gay language.

Gambia currently criminalizes gay people under Article 144 of the Criminal Code. Those convicted can be punished with up to 14 years in prison, though the full penalty is rarely meted out.

Recently a number of people were arrested in Gambia under “suspicion” of homosexuality. You can read more on that here.

 

Related Reading:

Europe Condemns Nigeria’s Gay Marriage Prohibition Bill

Historic UN LGBT Rights Session Sees Walkout

Cameroon Reportedly Prosecuting 3 Women for Being Lesbians

 

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9:37AM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

I hate to say it but we should not give them any money and neither should any other western country. What a horrible thing to do to people. Disgusting. But you cannot change hateful people.

5:00AM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

oh please

1:38PM PDT on Apr 30, 2012

What's the problem? Keep the money in America and the UK!

11:05AM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

I made a video about why Homosexuals should have equal rights. It’s at my YouTube channel Zarrakan, and here’s the link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdK5ETOJusw

Watch it, share it, and join the fight against the evil Homophobes.

9:06AM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

1:13AM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

Thanks for the article.

7:42AM PDT on Apr 26, 2012

Fine, no aid to Gambia at least not any the government can get its hands on. Take their aid and give it to the nearest country without anti-gay laws so the Gambians can see what happens to countries that try to destroy people they disagree with. Drop some food into poor areas, however. It's not their fault they have a dictator.

5:16AM PDT on Apr 26, 2012

Just where we were a few years ago...change will come from within the country eventually. Until then, scary.

9:02PM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

Thank you!

8:12PM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

good, lets use that money to help make jobs in this country. we need to stop aiding any country that oppresses any group of people!

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