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Gambia: First arrests since homophobic law

, Index number: AFR 27/015/2014

A law introducing possible life sentences for the offence of “aggravated homosexuality” was enacted on 9 October in Gambia. In the last two weeks, the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and the Presidential Guards have arrested at least four men, a 17-year-old boy and three women on suspicion of “homosexuality”. Another six women have reportedly been arrested since 18 November. They could face a life sentence. Amnesty International considers people detained solely on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity to be prisoners of conscience.

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