The Obama administration has strongly condemned the ‘unconscionable’ threat issued by Gambia’s dictator President, Yahya Jammeh, to violently murder all gay people by slitting their throats.
“If you do it [in Gambia] I will slit your throat — if you are a man and want to marry another man in this country and we catch you, no one will ever set eyes on you again, and no white person can do anything about it,” said President Jammeh to a crowd in the town of Farafeni, Vice News reports.
Susan Rice, the US National Security Advisor, said: “The recent unconscionable comments by Gambian President Yahya Jammeh underscore why we must continue to seek a world in which no one lives in fear of violence or persecution because of who they are or whom they love.”
“We condemn his comments, and note these threats come amid an alarming deterioration of the broader human rights situation in The Gambia,” she added.
Rice noted that the Obama administration is “deeply concerned about credible reports of torture, suspicious disappearances – including of two American citizens – and arbitrary detention at the [Gambian] government’s hands.”
The Gambia is a small West African country of less than two million people, ninety percent of whom are Muslim.
Rice said the United States had already removed Gambia from a list of countries that could export goods to the United States duty-free and was “reviewing what additional actions are appropriate to respond to this worsening situation.”
“We repeat our call for the Gambian government, and all governments, to lead inclusively, repudiate intolerance, and promote respect for the universal rights and fundamental freedoms of all people,” Rice added.