Gambia Will Lock Gays Up and Throw Away the Key

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Yahya Abdul-Aziz Jemus Junkung Jammeh is the president of the Gambia. As a young army officer, he took power in a July 1994 military coup and was elected as President in 1996; he was re-elected in 2001, 2006, and 2011. Jammeh with followers at his Roots Home Coming festival at his birth village of Kanilai.
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Gambia has joined a small fraternity of countries doling out life sentences for homosexual activity, as president Yahya Jammeh has signed a bill passed by the legislature in September. According to the AP, documents indicate he signed the bill in October but has yet to publicize it — probably because of the international backlash Uganda faced after enacting a similar law. It punishes “aggravated homosexuality,” which primarily means people living with HIV/AIDS, and those who dare to have sex more than once.