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Gambia president will cut off gay's head

2012-02-14 22:34

Banjul - Gambian President Yahya Jammeh on Tuesday reiterated his stance that he would never accept homosexuality in his country, after recent pressure from abroad on African states to respect gay rights.

"We know what human rights are. Human beings of the same sex cannot marry or date," Jammeh said while swearing in 15 ministers of his new government.

"If you think it is human rights to destroy our culture, you are making a great mistake because if you are in the Gambia, you are in the wrong place then," he added.

In 2008, Jammeh gave an ultimatum to homosexuals to leave the country and vowed to "cut off the head" of any homosexual found in the Gambia.

In the west African nation homosexuality is punishable by up to 14 years imprisonment, for men and women. Jammeh has threatened to introduce even stricter laws.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon recently told leaders at an African Union summit they must respect gay rights.

"If we Africans are to build our societies based on outside dictates and structure, our cultures based on alien cultures, we will be the losers," said Jammeh.

Comments
  • Sam - 2012-02-14 23:20

    Another seriously misleading headline from the geniuses at News24. How unprofessional.

      John - 2012-02-14 23:39

      What about the DEATH SENTENCE of 200 000 illegal nigerian drug dealers and human traffickers?

      rbczovczov - 2012-02-15 07:14

      Here is an idea which will solve this gay rights issue in all African countries; Why not hold a one off referendum on the issue and let the people decide. That way the decision to ban or respect homosexuality will carry more weight. Just a thought.

      cameronrh1 - 2012-02-15 11:12

      @rbczovczov - Here is an idea... Why not let me live my life, and not have it dictated by some dictatoral fool with backward thinking like Hitler.

      peterjohnjnb - 2012-02-18 17:49

      rbczovczov: A one off referendum in a decidedly bigoted society won't work as the will of the majority is not necessarily fair to all citizens. Regardless of your personal view of homosexuality, that still does not justify you withholding rights to homosexuals. Just like using God as an excuse to discriminate - not everyone are Christians, so why should they be burned with Christian laws? True democracy means that each individual participating within that system has a fair and equal shot at the system.

  • Imvubu - 2012-02-14 23:21

    To cut off the heads is a bit drastic. To snip off something else would be more appropriate although not acceptable in modern times either.

      peterjohnjnb - 2012-02-18 17:50

      you're an idiot.

  • Gabriel Arnold Zimbango - 2012-02-15 05:03

    l totally support jammer on ths one..let us nt b forced to obscenuate our cultures by outside pple..

      julianluus - 2012-02-15 09:50

      Homosexuality is a natural phenomena and nothing new. Its simply becoming more visible because people are claiming their rights to freedom more. So if homosexuality is not visible in your country then it is a sign of human freedom being oppressed. Allow the state to oppress homosexuality today and tomorrow they will tel you what to believe in, what skin colour you are allowed to associate with, what level of education you are allowed to have etc.

      Sam - 2012-02-15 10:21

      WTF is 'obscenuate'?

      Thando - 2012-02-15 10:39

      @julianluus - All of that is merely your opinion. I'm glad that some countries out there are taking a stand and not allowing liberalism to spread unquestioned in their country.

      cameronrh1 - 2012-02-15 11:00

      @Thando it is not julianluus's opinion, quiet frankly its the truth. Only reason why you wont see gays/lesbians in certain african and extremist islamic states is because the people there are being opressed and cant express and be who they are. Its the ignorance of people like you that keep Africa in the stoneage. Its has nothing to do with allowing liberalism to spread, its about giving people the right to be who and what they are, and not being dictated by ignorant fools. Being gay/lesbian is not a choice, one is born that way. How do i know? Cause i am gay. No right minded person would choose this kind of life, to be discrimanated against and threatened to be killed by fools. But it is who i am, and i cant help it. So let me live my life and you live yours!

      julianluus - 2012-02-15 11:39

      @Sam: Obscenuate: The practise of wetting ones finger and sticking it in the ear of an unsuspecting friend aka wet willy - bangopedia

  • Silvana - 2012-02-15 05:18

    If Yahya Jammeh proposes to decapitate homosexuals, I would like to know what his attitude is to criminals? Wonder if he's still in the closet?

      scottGdunlop - 2012-02-15 13:54

      In the Gambia, they call it being "disappeared". If you're labelled a criminal, you get disappeared- you simply vanish (with the help of Jammeh's hit squads). If you make it to the notorious Mile 2 prison, well, you're as good as dead, anyway. He only keeps sycophants close by.

  • Johan - 2012-02-15 07:23

    I agree with him that this is destroying the culture. If it is so important for gay's too have rights, give them their own country and let them establish as their own nation and prove themselves.

      julianluus - 2012-02-15 09:16

      If there are gay people in that or any country then the only reason why it is not part of the culture is because it has been oppresses in the past, so in essence it should be part of the culture. People are not going to become gay because its acceptable in the same way they are not going to become straight if it's not. I have never been able to understand how any mature, intelligent person can think that he has any say in what happens between 2 consenting adults. Live by the sword you die by the sword. Allow the state to dictate sexuality and they will eventually tell you what religion to practice, whether you are allowed to have sex or live together before marriage, what race you are allowed to marry etc. Its about freedom not sexuality.

      cameronrh1 - 2012-02-15 11:01

      @Johan and Thando... And one wonders why countries in Africa are going to the dogs... Peoples thinking and retorhic like yours!

      julianluus - 2012-02-15 11:14

      @Thando. Bestiality is having sex with animals and neither porn, nor sodomy is the reserve of homosexuals. What is your point? Get your mind out of the gutter dude, its not all about sex you know. To me being gay means to love my boyfriend and having a partnership and a family long before the sodomy comes to mind.

  • Jacques Theron - 2012-02-15 07:42

    Oh yes, because who people sleep with really makes such a huge difference to the problems faced by Africa and the human race at large. The shackles of culture and religion has held the human race for millennia and will probably be part of the reason we disappear from the food chain.

      Johan - 2012-02-15 08:01

      It don't just goes about who a person sleep with, it goes about the values passed on. With the values of same sex being together there is not going to be much space for the "human race" to grow in.

      julianluus - 2012-02-15 09:49

      Johan - If its a case of values, and heterosexuals are presumably responsible for passing on the higher set of values then who is responsible for passing on this lower set of values to these homosexuals? Aliens? Its like saying gays are not allowed to bring up kids when child related sex and neglect crimes are by far committed by heterosexuals. You seem to look at the likes of priests molesting young boys or trashy queens on a float during gay pride and believe that they represent the gay community. If I had to judge the heterosexual community based on the worst among you then you paint a far worse picture my friend.

      peterjohnjnb - 2012-02-18 12:47

      @Johan: jesus, what freaking planet do you live on???? Look around you dude, there is NO SHORTAGE OF HUMAN BEINGS??!?!?! In as much as pro-creation goes, I think we've kind reached and breached our freakin quota don't you????

  • Eric - 2012-02-15 07:59

    one can respect the rights of others but it is fact that the main cause of the spread of aids is due to unsafe sex between two males. From there it spread to women due to men sleeping with both sexes. So if Gambia wants to ensure that their country does not go to ruin because of aids they must have the laws in place.

      dplessis - 2012-02-15 08:15

      THe main cause of the HIV problem is not unprotected male on male sex - definately not in South Africa - it is uprotected indiscriminate unprotected sexual intercourse between one macho South African whose culture says it is his right to have sex with whomever he wants which includes his wife his girlfriend and all the other women he can bed. Therefore most HIV victims here are women. Percentagewise the rate amongst gay men (whatever that may mean) or men who have sex with other men is lower than that amongst the SA heterosexual population, the same for every other country in Africa.

      cameronrh1 - 2012-02-15 11:05

      @Eric "About Me: A down to earth, liberal/socialist thinker. A people's person, love to debate subjects on upliftment of people and helping kids with Drug problems. A Divorced father of two, Boy and Girl. Love the sea, diving and fighting labour and Civil cases. Love the sea, Diving and Braaing. I am a keen Gardener" HOW DOES YOU COMMENT FIT WITH YOUR "ABOUT ME" SECTION? Sex between men and woman are the main cause of AIDS not between two men, you seem ancient enough to have an education, grow up old man and get with the system!

  • janalbert.vandenberg - 2012-02-15 08:24

    Oooh yes, lets. Because "obviously" there were "absolutely no" gay people in ethnic African cultures. Hilarious! And remember: Frodo & the Tooth Fairy lives, I've seen them BOTH in Hollywood films! And "obviously" HIV is "predominantly" spread through homosexual intimacy and Santa Clause brings us gifts every Christmas, and the Ishtar bunny, oops, sorry! "Easter" bunny plants chocolate eggs every year around the end of March, beginning of April. Oh, and your typical commenter on News24 knows how to spell and use grammar "correctly"...

  • Ben - 2012-02-15 08:53

    Hahaha! And out comes the bigots... Wow...

  • scottGdunlop - 2012-02-15 09:10

    Jammeh is known to have harrassed homosexuals in the Gambia, in effect, forcing them to flee under the threat of death. He subsequently claimed that "there is no homosexuality in the Gambia. As an aside, he also has a "Presidential AIDS clinic", where sufferers are "healed" by his blend of prayer and herbs at the presidential compound. He also claims to be able to cure infertility and cancer. Mad, mad, mad and extremely dangerous.

  • Irene - 2012-02-15 10:02

    So primitive. So backward. So African.

      Thando - 2012-02-15 10:43

      So Bigoted

      Irene - 2012-02-15 10:57

      So truthful.

      Johnny Newsman - 2012-02-24 08:39

      So African?????? WTF?

  • Heinrich - 2012-02-15 10:08

    I am truly amazed by people's responses below. More so by Black African people. It was only 18 years ago that we as Non-White South Africans were not considered humans but animals. If we as black people know oppression better then anyone else why would we choose to oppress others. Gays kill culture, how do their preferences kill culture? What next, will you cut the heads of Zulu women who do not wish to perform in the reed dance? People should think before they ink. We are all human and there is no difference between any of us. Clearly this divide between race, male & female, gay and straight must come to a complete stop before we destroy ourselves. Let’s leave this way of think to our parents and grand parents you cannot teach an old dog new tricks, but as young South Africans let’s rather place our focus on becoming renowned for leading world class innovative cities and countries rather then desolated, improvised, broke, disease ridden countries. This excludes SA, clearly we already on the right track!

      peterjohnjnb - 2012-02-18 12:52

      aiiiiii Heinrich, you are like water to the desert!

  • David - 2012-02-15 10:54

    Is he going to cut off both heads?

  • David - 2012-02-15 22:53

    Freedom is the right to think and behave as one wishes as long as it does not infringe on the rights of others. Liberalism means the culture of freedom. Those who would decry freedom would accept dictatorship. The culture and beliefs of others must be tolerated or freedom will perish.

  • peterjohnjnb - 2012-02-18 12:43

    There seems to be allot of really homophobic comments from black folk on these forums and in large they appear to be based on culture and and tradition. Some even hinting at endorsement of beheading for homosexuality. Another genius said something in the line of "we should not be letting other people influence our culture". How bizarre. Here's a thought, science argues that some races are more intelligent then others, so in order to preserve evolution, how about we behead less intelligent races? Ridiculous right? I thought so.

  • Oleg - 2012-05-13 10:53

    jammeh is stupid...younger then 20yo girls make sex for money with older then 60yo mens....and boys who are younger then 20yo make sex with older and much bigger womans for money....is that one point of gambians culture???...i don't think so...i think, jammeh is gay and he don't want, that others take any gambian...hahahahahaha

  • Oleg - 2012-05-13 10:57

    jammeh is stupid...younger then 20yo girls make sex for money with older then 60yo mens....and boys who are younger then 20yo make sex with older and much bigger womans for money....is that one point of gambians culture???...i don't think so...i think, jammeh is gay and he don't want, that others take any gambian...hahahahahaha

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