Gambia Government Denies Rumours Of Legalizing Homosexuality For Foreign Aids
The Gambia government has denied the widely circulated rumours of plans to soften homosexuality laws in the country in exchange for foreign aids.
Ebrima Sankareh, government spokesperson said this in a statement that that the news is false political propaganda orchestrated to score cheap political points,
He said the Gambia’s government continues to be guided by “the norms of its people” and there is no plan to entertain a review of laws on homosexuality.
Sankareh held that homosexual activity is illegal in The Gambia, where a conviction can carry a hefty prison sentence.
Tuesday’s statement follows weeks of pressure on the government to respond to apparently pro-gay social media posts from the European Union’s delegation in the Muslim-majority nation.
On May 17 — the international day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia — the EU delegation in The Gambia uploaded posts urging that gay people not be excluded from society.
But this spurred speculation that the EU would seek to tie aid funds to protecting LGBT rights, prompting uproar from religious leaders and opposition politicians.
Talks over revising The Gambia’s constitution, held under Barrow, have also sparked discussion about gay rights in the former British colony of some two million people.