Gambia: First arrests since homophobic law
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.