The Gambia is still one of the worst countries to be gay, and for now, the new government has no plans to repeal the anti-LGBT law passed by former President Yahya Jammeh.
In a recent interview with West Africa Democracy Radio’s Sheriff Bojang, President Adama Barrow said homosexuality is not an issue in the country.
“Homosexuality is not an issue in The Gambia. I don’t think it’s an issue in The Gambia. We have other issues that are more important than homosexuality,” he said.
His government’s reluctance to decriminalize same sex relationships could affect their budding friendship with the European Union and America.
The Gambia’s anti-gay law was passed in 2015 by the former leader, Yahya Jammeh.
Reports by international media outlets revealed that a handful of suspected gay men, some of them foreign nationals, were tortured and thrown behind bars.
The US government, which is known for supporting gay rights in Africa, dropped The Gambia from a duty-free trade program.
Will the country eventually decriminalise homosexuality? Let’s wait and see!