US State Department reacts to President Jammeh

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By Sanna Camara

The United States says it is “deeply troubled by the hateful rhetoric used by President Jammeh in his National Day speech on Gambia’s 49th Independence anniversary celebrations on February 18.

Jammeh’s independence statement was very loaded with anti-gay sentiments, condemning it outright and satanic.

“Homosexuality will never be tolerated and in fact will attract the ultimate penalty since it is intended to bring humanity to an inglorious extinction.  We will fight these vermins called Homosexuals or gays the same way we are fighting malaria-causing mosquitoes; if not more aggressively,” said President Jammeh.

Protect the human rights of all Gambians

Among other things, he also said Gambia “will therefore not accept any friendship, aid or any other gesture that is conditional on accepting Homosexuals or L.G.B.T.  as they are now baptised by the powers that promote them.” 

In a statement released yesterday, US Secretary of State, John Kerry said, “We call on the Government of The Gambia to protect the human rights of all Gambians, and we encourage the international community to send a clear signal that statements of this nature have no place in the public dialogue and are unacceptable.”

Gay diplomats?

Said Jammeh: “Let me also make it very clear that Gambia will not spare any homosexual and therefore no Diplomatic Immunity will be respected for any Diplomat  who is found guilty or accused of being a homosexual.  We will also not accept Diplomats that are homosexuals.”

Jammeh said as far as he is concerned, “L.G.B.T can only stand for Leprosy, Gonorrhoea, Bacteria and Tuberculosis; all of which are detrimental to human existence.”

The US State Department statement added that  human rights and fundamental freedoms belong to all individuals. “All people are created equal and should be able to live free from discrimination, and that includes discrimination based on sexual identity and sexual orientation.” 

 

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