John M. Becker

Gambian Dictator Threatens Gay Asylum-Seekers

Filed By John M. Becker | May 13, 2014 3:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Africa, asylum, dictator, foreign aid, Gambia, LGBT, murder, refugees, threats, Yahya Jammeh

jammeh.jpgYahya Jammeh, the crackpot president dictator of the west African nation of Gambia, issued a shocking threat last week to LGBT Gambians: if you flee the country and claim asylum on the basis of anti-LGBT persecution, I will kill you.

The APA reports:

Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh has warned asylum-seekers not to use his government's position on gays and lesbians to tarnish his image as they attempt to resettle in the West as refugees, APA can report Thursday. Speaking in Basse in the Upper River region of the country, President Jammeh said those among his compatriots leaving the country to tarnish his image abroad are doing so at his own detriment.

"Some people go to the West and claim they are gays and that their lives are at risk in The Gambia, in order for them to be granted a stay in Europe. If I catch them I will kill them," the Gambian leader warned."

Jammeh further claimed that British authorities are developing a "gay test" that they will be administering to asylum seekers to determine whether or not they're actually gay.

Last week's outrageous statements from Jammeh are just the latest in a long line of appalling anti-LGBT remarks. In February he called gays "vermin" and said LGBT people are "detrimental to human existence," further claiming that the initialism "LGBT" "can only stand for Leprosy, Gonorrhea, Bacteria and Tuberculosis."

Last year, in a speech he delivered to the United Nations General Assembly in New York, he denounced homosexuality as one of the "biggest threats to human existence," "more deadly than all natural disasters put together." In 2008, Jammeh threatened to decapitate gays and lesbians living in Gambia, and he has also claimed that he can cure AIDS with an herbal body rub and bananas.

The United States sends Gambia millions of dollars in humanitarian assistance every year.

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