Charged With ‘Aggravated Homosexuality’ In Gambia? You’re Sentenced To Life In Prison


You think 14 years is a lot? (Nigerian govt sentencing for homosexuality). Then you definitely don’t want to be going to Gambia if you’re a homosexual.

Gambia has passed a bill imposing life imprisonment for some homosexual acts, and continues a trend for low tolerance of homosexuality in African countries. The bill amending the criminal code was passed last month and brings life sentences for “aggravated homosexuality”.The charge is levelled at repeat offenders and people living with HIV/Aids. The bill is still pending approval of President Yahya Jammeh.

In a statement on national TV, the president of Gambia said “We will fight these vermins called homosexuals or gays the same way we are fighting malaria-causing mosquitoes, if not more aggressively.”

Minority leader, Samba Jallow has however spoken on the other side of the coin stating “In our view, [homosexuals] did not commit a crime worthy of life imprisonment or any treasonable offense,”. His party however is firmly against homosexuality.

Homosexual acts were already punishable by up to 14 years in prison under a Gambian law that was amended in 2005 to apply to women in addition to men.