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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

US expresses concerns over ‘abuses’ in Gambia

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“The United States is deeply concerned by continued reports of human rights abuses in The Gambia,” said Bernadette Meehan, National Security Council spokeswoman. 

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“Since October, the government of The Gambia has denied access to UN Special Rapporteurs investigating reports of torture and extrajudicial execution,” Meehan said in a statement. 

Meehan also noted that The Gambia has arrested people over their sexual orientation and enacted a law that imposes up to life imprisonment for the “so-called crime of ‘aggravated homosexuality’”. 

Homosexuality is prohibited in The Gambia despite calls from the international community. 

The Gambia enacted a law in October creating the crime of “aggravated homosexuality”, which international bodies are concerned targets people with HIV or those who are openly homosexual.

In a rare instance, the state broadcaster over the weekend, relayed the text of the harshly-worded US government censure of The Gambia.

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