Archive for October, 2007
IRQO: Abolish Capital Punishment in Iran – Stop execution of Makwan Moloudzadeh
(Toronto – October 30, 2007) Makwan Moloudzadeh, a 21 year old Iranian now faces the threat of execution. His crime is his sexuality, which is illegal under the Law of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Many have been executed for sexual crimes such as extramarital and homosexual sex acts. Due to the legal processes and procedures of the Judicial system of the Islamic Republic of Iran and its complete lack of transparency, it is extremely difficult to access the documents, witnesses, testimonies, and other facts pertinent to the files of those accused, as a result of which it is almost impossible to verify the confessions, complaints, evidence, and verdicts.
In recent years numerous individuals have been executed because of their sexual and private relations in Mashhad, Gorgan, Arak, Kermanshah, and Tehran, many of whom were under the legal age. Despite the current circumstances under which the Iranian Queer Organization, due to inaccessibility of evidence and testimonies regarding these cases, cannot prove homosexuality of those executed beyond a doubt, we believe that the true crime in these executions was sexual relationship (which is not confirmed by the Iranian government). The Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran punishes those with different sexual orientation and sexual relations by death.
According to the Penal Code of the Islamic Republic, four witnesses are required in order to prove the perpetration of lavat (sodomy) which is punishable by death. Western states reject asylum claims of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Iranians due to their assumption that it is almost impossible to have four witnesses. The truth is that when private spaces of LGBT Iranians are raided by the police, there are four clerics and video cameras already present. Moreover, a judge can use his own knowledge to rule on a case regarding lavat; the alleged perpetrators may confess to lavat under torture; and medical examinations can prove whether an individual has had anal penetration.
In Makwan Moloudzadeh case, the judge has ruled based on his own knowledge that Makwan Moloudzadeh had committed lavat in accordance with article 120 of the Iranian Penal Code. This is despite the fact that even internal rulings of Iranian authorities, including the fatwa of Ayatollah Sane’i and other clerics who are source of emulation state that a judge’s knowledge cannot be used as a basis to prove crimes punishable by hadd usually capital punishment. Through carrying out such executions, the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran not only violates the most basic international human rights standards, it also undermines the rulings and fatwas of Islamic clerics and sources of emulation who are recognized by the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The Iranian Queer Organization demands the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to abolish death penalty and punish the accused and perpetrators according to minimum international human rights standards.
Press Release from Greek Homosexual Community – G.H.C. – E.O.K (October 29, 07)
TO: The European Parliament, European Political Parties, Humanitarian Organizations, International Press
We are writing to draw your attention to the case of a 40-year-old gay Iranian man, identified here as Alex, who is about to be expelled from Greece and deported back to Iran. As is well known and documented, gay people in Iran are subjected to persecution and severe punishment, including execution. If Alex returns to Iran, Greece will be committing a serious miscarriage of justice and a gross violation of human rights.
Alex (his real name and identity are known to our organization) used to live a fully respected life in Iran. He is a member of a rich Iranian family and used to have a respectful job in Iran. In 1999 he was visited at his workplace by an ex-schoolmate who knew Alex was gay and who was probably a member of the government party. After that visit, Alex was arrested by the religion police and kept in the Jankal jail at the Iranian town of Rast for 45 days.
Alex was tortured at Jankal. He was beaten systematically with lashing straps in his back and kidneys and afterwards was put in water in order to not develop ecchymosis and edema. He was beaten several times in the face, losing three teeth as a result. He had his testicles twisted, was submitted to bastinado and had salt poured on his open wounds. He was put twice in mock execution.
After spending forty-five days in jail, his family paid to get him out so that he could attend the funeral of his mother. The police took him to the funeral in women’s clothes. While out of jail, Alex managed to escape. A few days later, he arrived to Greece by way of Turkey in a terrible condition.
He went to the General Administration office of the police and applied for political asylum based on the torture he had been submitted to in Iran. The application was rejected. In 2003, Alex submitted a second application for political asylum stating that he was homosexual and had a relationship with a Greek man, Phoebos (his real name and identity are known to our organization), who also testified that he was Alex’s partner. (Alex and Phoebos are still together today). However, this application was also rejected. (Alex’s file in the Ministry of Public Order is YDT 95/43303; his file in the Asylum Department of the Home Office is 12206/38647).
Now Alex’s case is to be discussed in front of the Supreme Council, which is scheduled to decide for a definitive resolution regarding his status as a refugee on March 11, 2008.
Alex’s deportation to Iran will constitute a violation of the articles 3 and 15 of the International Convention of the Human Rights, co-signed and validated by Greece.
We need your strong support in order to prevent the Greek state from violating the international law and the human rights of a person whose life is in danger because of his sexuality.
We would be more than happy to provide further information on the case.
Thank you for your time and consideration. We look forward to your response and immediate action.
The Members of the Greek Homosexual Community (G.H.C.-EOK)
Contact: General Secretary of GHC-EOK Marina Galanou
Greek Homosexual Community, EOK
(Member of: ILGA, ILGYO, All Different-all Equal)
Antoniadou 6 str., Athens, Attica, PC 10434, Greece
Tel. (0030)210.8826600 Fax. (0030)210.8826898
IRanian Queer Organization – IRQO
Formerly Persian Gay & Lesbian Organization – PGLO
24th October 2007, PinkNews.co.uk writer
The High Court in London has overturned an order that a gay man from Algeria seeking asylum in the UK should be repatriated.
The Home Office had argued the 27-year-old man, referred to as B, would be safe from persecution as long as he was “discreet” about his homosexuality.
However Mr Justice Collins disagreed, saying that B, who has been fighting to remain in the UK since 1996, was at risk of persecution.
The ruling has infuriated the tabloid press, with The Sun reporting that:
“A FAILED (sic) asylum seeker had his deportation halted yesterday – because he is too CAMP to go home.”
The judge stressed that this case was exceptional, and that he was satisfied that B is gay and would not be able to conceal his sexuality.
A medical report backed the assertion that he would not be able to reintegrate into Algerian society.
Allegations that B had over-emphasised his sexuality to stop his deportation were rejected by Mr Justice Collins.
“It may be, when the matter is investigated and tested, that conclusion could be drawn, although it is highly unlikely in the light of the evidence so far produced,” he said, according to PA.
The Home Secretary will now have to reconsider his case.
Sodomy and “outraging public decency” are both offences in Algeria and carry a prison sentence or a fine.
Gay activist group OutRage! has previously claimed there is a “serious danger” of an openly gay man such as B being murdered by Islamic fundamentalists if returned to Algeria.
We are deeply disappointed by the decision of our country’s leaders to leave Penal Code Section 377A intact, despite the cogent and convincing arguments to support its repeal. However, we come away from this experience with great optimism, that this is but the start of a process of public education, understanding, acceptance and respect for the gay community. The beginning of the end of the discrimination of one group of Singaporeans has begun and there is no turning back. We say this, because, for the very first time, the voice of the gay community was heard and acknowledged by the leaders of our country. Where once, the only audience we could find for our voice was on websites and in theatres, we have made history by bringing that voice to parliament in a dignified, rational and positive way. As such, our leaders heard us when we said:
1. We want to be treated equally before the law, as that is guaranteed to us by our Constitution.
2. We want this discrimination to end, for we are no lesser beings and must be accorded the same rights as any other Singaporean.
3. We do not want our fathers, mothers, grandmothers, grandfathers, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends to think of us as criminals. Much as it hurts us to know that the law considers us criminals, it hurts them even more.
4. We must not make criminals the hundreds of thousands of gay and bisexual men who have made invaluable contributions to the success of Singapore. They include, doctors, lawyers, engineers, accountants, media professionals, actors, teachers, civil servants – in all professions and in every industry.
5. We want to be able to pursue a more effective strategy for the prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases among gay and bisexual men without fear of inadvertently promoting a criminal activity. Human lives are at stake here. We are also overwhelmed and deeply moved by the heartfelt support we received by many, from diverse backgrounds – gay, straight, male, female, across all religions and races, who showed courage and compassion when they spoke up for us and signed the Open Letter and the Parliamentary Petition. Though the numbers were impressive – 8,120 signatures for the Open Letter and 2,519 for the Parliamentary Petition, it was the heartfelt comments left behind on this website by many, that moved us the most and reinforced our belief that this was not just a gay issue, but one of deep concern for many individuals and families in Singapore. As a result of this seminal campaign, many who would otherwise have kept silent, spoke up. We know how difficult it must have been for you to put yourself and perhaps, even your careers, on the line. We would like to applaud your courage and conviction and ask that you continue to speak up, within the stipulated parameters of engagement. We’d also like to thank the artists who made the repeal377A rap video. You put it so simply and eloquently: It’s not just a gay thing. It’s about equality. Throughout this process, we have strived to work within the legal mechanisms; with a healthy respect for opposing viewpoints. We respectfully disagree with those who have tried to paint our efforts as being polarising to society. It is only through civilized debate and discussion that society can gain better knowledge and understanding of differing opinions. Our efforts were a reaction to what we saw as discriminatory the repeal of Section 377 of the Penal Code but not the repeal of Section 377A. Throughout history those who have fought discrimination have never stood idly by to wait for society to evolve and become more accepting, as silence achieves little and inaction breeds a lack of understanding. The intolerance and ill-will demonstrated by a few of our opponents clearly attest to the fact that we cannot be silent. Such fundamentally extreme views against homosexuality splits families apart and causes much harm to us as individuals, professionals and as a community. In fact, these are the very actions that cause divisiveness and polarise our society, for if we discount such views, most Singaporeans are indeed neutral on the issue, and consider consensual sex between adults a private matter. As such, we cannot ignore these radical views and we must respond (as we have) with rational rebuttals. Arguments that we know most of the modern civilised world shares. We honestly believe that history will judge this law to be unfair, and that the repeal of Section 377A needs to happen sooner than later. The ‘Wild Wild West’ of Europe and the United States are not the only countries that have non-discriminatory laws, for the conservative East – Indonesia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Taiwan and China, among others, too do not have laws that discriminate against homosexuals. We are citizens of Singapore and take pride in being so. As such, the law should not treat us as second class citizens. The criminalisation of gay sex cannot be the yardstick for a conservative society. The gay community in Singapore is here to stay. We are not going away, and long after Section 377A is repealed, we will still be here, loving and caring for each other and contributing to the success of Singapore – like we have always been
The LGBT community in Kyrgyzstan is gaining some momentum as it strives for its rights, but members still face widespread discrimination and violence – both on the streets and in their own homes.
The roots of prejudice against the LGBT community run deep in Kyrgyzstan, a predominately Islamic country. According to the U.S. State Department’s 2005 Country Report on Human Rights Practices for Kyrgyzstan, “people of nontraditional sexual orientation, particularly homosexual men, were among the most oppressed groups, although the country does not outlaw homosexuality. Those whose sexuality was publicly known risked physical and verbal abuse, possible loss of work, and unwanted attention from police and authorities, particularly lower-ranking police. Incarcerated gay men were often openly victimized in prisons by inmates and officials alike.”
During the Soviet era, sex between men in Kyrgyzstan was a criminal offense. The Kyrgyz Criminal Code of 1998 lifted the legal ban on homosexual acts, but discrimination and denial still reach high into the realms of state power. Tursunbek Akun, the head of the State Human Rights Commission, said in 2004 that homosexuality is “one of those negative consequences of the Western civilization that gradually comes to us together with elements of democracy.”
“Non-traditional sexual orientation offends the honor and advantage of men and women and historically developed interfamily relations of the Kyrgyz,” he continued.
At a roundtable discussion in May 2005 about homophobia and transphobia, two representatives from the Interior Ministry, who would not give their names, said that they do not believe LGBT individuals’ human rights are violated in Kyrgyzstan and that they have never heard of violence against members of the LGBT community. One representative went on to say, “Let’s say I walk in a park with my son – I have just one son — there are two guys walking holding each other’s hands. I would beat them up.”
Moreover, some doctors and psychologists treat non-traditional sexual identities as mental flaws. An Open Society Institute-Soros Foundation Report on the LGBT community’s access to health care quotes a psychologist in the southern part of the country as saying, “LGBT are people who probably had defects during their upbringing.”
Some gay activists wrote optimistic statement after Polish election.
But I don’t know WHY ?
Civic Platform Party is almost so homophobic as the Law and Justice Party!
Sunday was a SAD DAY for many gays and lesbians. Most of them voted for coalition “Leftish and Democrats” (LiD) and this coalition get only 13 %. Politician’s from Civic Platform said many terrible things about gays and lesbians.
“I will never agree for gay marriages or any other pro-gay regulations in Poland” – Donald Tusk, Leader of Civic Platform
“Lesbians are sickening ! If we will find any lesbians in Civic Platform, we will throw them out ! ” – Stefan Niesiolowski, PM from Civic Platform.
Sad true is that gay rights in Poland are lost for next feew years !
Coordinator of LGBT group in Polish Socialdemocrats
After two steps backwards, made thanks to the ruling party of Kaczynski twin brothers, the time has come for a step forwards.
On 21 October, citizens of Poland chose normality and peace. The party of Donald Tusk, centre-right and liberal PO (Platforma Obywatelska – Civic Platform) defeated the rightist and populist PiS (Prawo i Sprawiedliwość – Law and Justice). Poles said “no” to disastrous government of Kaczynski twins. No surprise, as the last two years were dominated by quarrels over settling accounts with the past, attempts to antagonize the society, tapping and constant conflicts. Polish economy went on only owing to favorable conditions in the whole European Union, and Poland was many times an object of ridicule of Europe or even the whole world due to incompetence of its diplomatic services.
The elections turned out to be a plebiscite – the majority of the crowds of voters gave their support to PO in order to remove PiS from power. Most probably, many gays and lesbians voted for PO, even though this party had given no promises to the LGBTQ people. PO’s leader, Donald Tusk, declared during the last TV debate that in the field of social issues, as well as the relationships between the state and the Catholic Church, status quo will be maintained. That means no rights for sexual minorities.
On the other hand, Polish LGBTQ people had really very little choice. From the only Polish left-hand party, LiD (Lewica i Demokraci – Left and Democrats), only a few candidates included in their programs the improvement of the situation of sexual minorities. In LiD’s election program, 100 Concrete Points for Poland, only one point concerned sexual minorities and mentioned only combating violence, racism and homophobia. Not a word about civil partnerships.
We may, however, pronounce certain victory. We are saying goodbye to LPR (Liga Polskich Rodzin – League of polish Families), a party that called us perverts, encouraged „curing” homosexuality and threatened with God’s anger. Roman Giertych, its leader, became Minister of Education and decided to remove from teaching curricula everything that could have the faintest relationship to homosexuality. LPR attempted to openly forbid openly gay teachers to work at schools. Finally, LPR is the party of Elżbieta Sowińska, children’s ombudsman known in the whole world due to her statements on the homosexuality of Tinky Winky Teletubby, which moved the public opinion everywhere and made Poland an object of ridicule once again. LPR received little more that 1% votes, which means both staying outside the Polish Parliament and being left without re-financing of the costs of the pre-election campaign – a financial death for the party.
Summing up – we may be glad that two years of irresponsible governments are over, two years of increasing threats for and discrimination of lesbians and gays. However, a lot of work is before us. We must do a lot as concerns our public image, mobbing of politicians and breaking our own prejudice, so that we can finally live in a really open and tolerant country.
ELECTIONS 2007: On 21 October 2007, early parliamentary elections took place in Poland. The largest number of mandates – 209 seats in the future Sejm (lower chamber of Polish Parliament) were received by PO (Platforma Obywatelska – Civic Platform). PiS (Prawo i Sprawiedliwość – Law and Justice) has the second position with 166 seats. LiD (Lewica i Demokraci – Left and Democrats) received 53 seats, and PSL (Polskie Stronnictwo Ludowe – Polish Peasants’ Party) 31. The German minority has one seat.
The election threshold was not met by Samoobrona (Self-Defence) with 1.53 %, LPR (Liga Polskich Rodzin – League of polish Families) with 1.30 %, PPP (Polska Partia Pracy – Polish Labor Party) with 0.99 % and PK (Partia Kobiet – Women’s Party) with 0.28 %.
In Senat (upper chamber) PO has 60 seats, and PiS 39. An independent candidate has one seat.
Attendance was 53.88 % – and it was the highest level in parliamentary elections since the 1989 breakthrough.
Paweł Walczak and Michał Minałto
Translation Uschi – Sass Pawlik
“The following comes from a fellow in the U.K. whom I’ve been trying modestly to assist in fighting the deportation of his Iranian partner, who has repeatedly been denied asylum in the U.K. as a sexual refugee from persecution.”
Comment: Stop deporting gay refugees back to Iran, Pink News, 22nd October 2007, Omar Kuddus
Detention centres stand as monuments to Britain’s attitude to human rights, incarcerating behind razor wire, asylum seekers awaiting deportation. They are the last stop for those who have failed to make a successful asylum claim, a key tool in the British governments attempt to “manage migration” and hold an average 25,000 immigrants every year.
Tony McNulty stated “removing those who have no right to remain in the UK is an integral part of our balanced approach to asylum and immigration, helping us to cut abuse of the system and ensure an effective end-to-end process.”
Much of the debate around immigration to the UK focuses on the legitimacy of Asylum claims. In order for campaigners aiming to prevent the deportation of specific individuals to stand any chance of victory, they have to focus on the individual’s legitimate claim to refugee status, and can be effective for securing a future by razing public questioning about the draconian nature of the immigration policy.
It is time to recognize that the global system of population control creates and maintains injustices and inequalities.
Sexual minorities in the UK have every right to exercise and celebrate their own hard won rights; however the time has still not come to take things for granted, despite the government passing the Sexual Orientation Regulations, which guaranteed sexual minorities protection against discrimination on the grounds of their sexuality.
The stance of Britain on homosexuals seeking asylum on the grounds of their sexual orientation is worrying. Arguably Britain should exercise caution when letting people into the country, but also should be reasonable.
One has to ask, would you want to send a gay Iranian back to Iran, only for him to face public execution? For just being gay!
Human sexuality is as much a fundamental right as the right to free speech or the right to freedom and no one, least of all a government, elected by the people, has the right to interfere with that right.
Most Judges are dismissing homosexual’s claims to asylum and destroying their credibility, with all the evidence confirming that they are being used as a soft target (to bring down the asylum figures). Peter Tatchell recently stated “it is designed to fail as many applicants as possible in order to meet government targets to cut asylum numbers”. Homosexuality does not form a social group within the 1951, United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and the Home Office systematically refuse asylum on the grounds that it does not recognize homophobic persecution as a legitimate and valid ground for asylum (under the 1952 Refugee Convention).
The Home Offices recent refusal of 35 year old gay Iranian, Saeed Faraji, on the grounds that he could not prove that homosexuals are subjected to “torture, inhumane or degrading treatment” in Iran, despite his sworn statement, further establishes this.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has denied that any homosexuals live in his country (to an audience at Columbia University in New York).
“In Iran we don’t have homosexuals like in your country,” he said. “In Iran we do not have this phenomenon; I don’t know who has told you that we have it.”
This is despite according to Iranian human rights campaigners Iran has executed an estimated 4000 gay men since the Ayatollahs came to power in 1979. According to the gay rights group Outrage! ”the Islamic Republic of Iran is qualitatively more homophobic than any other state on earth”. ”Its government- promoted and religious sanctioned torture and execution of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people marks out Iran as a state acting in defiance of all agreed international human rights conventions”
The Islamic Sharia law followed in Iran makes gay sex illegal with penalty of death, for offenders as young as 14 years old.
The BIA (Home Office Border and Immigration Agency) is choosing to send people back and just hope that things go well and that they are not executed. This pheromone is extremely worrying as they are willing to ignore the advice of the Human rights watch and signs of danger in Iran.
Several failed asylum seekers, been refused asylum (by the home Office) have committed suicide, rather than face the barbaric persecution, torture and punishment awaiting them in Iran, having publicly admitted their sexuality (to the home office).
The newly formed EHRC (Equality and Human Rights Commission) is about building a fairer, more confident and united Britain, and provide practical guidance including to individuals. (Its Chair, Trevor Philips, said” We will continue to support meritorious and significant individual cases” with Ben Summerskill (Chief Executive Stonewall and one of the 14 commissioners adding) “This is hugely important…because people will have a public body required to defend them for the very first time”. The challenge is to make it work.
Thus giving the gay community finally a voice, to ask for the end of deportation of gay asylum seekers, who do not have the luxury of being themselves as we do.
The home Offices refusal to accept failed asylum seekers can have a profound effect. I should know. The person I fell in love with and want to form a civil partnership with happens to fall within this category and despite being British myself I have for the past three years lived a life of uncertainty, despair and fear that he will be deported and returned back to Iran, where he is certain to face the gallows, along with myself as I have no intentions of being parted from him. Just for being gay.
Saudi protest over torture of gays – 7,000 lashes for ‘sodomy’ could kill
Demo at Saudi Embassy in London
London – 19 October 2007
Fifty people picketed the Saudi Arabian Embassy in London today, 19
October, in protest at the flogging and execution of gay people.
To download free use photos of the protest, click here:
On the 2 October, two young men in the Saudi Arabian city of Al-Bahah were convicted of ‘sodomy’ and sentenced to 7,000 lashes. In Saudi Arabia same-sex relations are illegal and the maximum penalty is death.
“7,000 lashes is a form of torture, calculated to cause maximum, prolonged suffering,” said protester Peter Tatchell of the gay human rights group OutRage!
“So many lashes can be fatal, depending on how many are delivered at any one time,” he said.
The London protest was organised by the National Union of Students (NUS) LGBT campaign, with the support of OutRage!
The protest came just over a week ahead of the State Visit to the UK of the Saudi tyrant, King Abdullah bin Abdul Azaz al Saud.
“As well as flogging and executing gay people, the Saudi leaders are guilty of detention without trial, torture and the public beheading women who have sex outside of marriage,” said Peter Tatchell.
“The Saudis import migrant workers to do menial tasks. They are treated like de facto slaves, frequently abused and with few rights. The media is heavily censored. Trade unions, political parties and non-Muslim religions are banned. The country is a theocratic police state.
“The British and US governments support the despotic, corrupt Saudi regime. Labour sells the Saudi leaders arms and honours them with state visits. It refuses asylum to gay Saudis who flee persecution and seek refuge in the UK,” he said.
“The Saudi leaders should be shunned until they stop their homophobic persecution and their many other human rights abuses,” said fellow OutRage! protester, Brett Lock.
“Next week’s State Visit by King Abdullah should be cancelled. Gordon Brown and The Queen should not be welcoming to Britain the head of a corrupt, tyrannical regime.
“We urge international solidarity to support the Saudi people’s struggle for democracy and human rights, in the same way that the world mobilised to support the struggle against apartheid in South Africa,” said Mr Lock.
This view was echoed by NUS protest organiser, Scott Cuthbertson:
“We call on individuals and groups, LGBT or otherwise, to protest against the continued criminalisation, imprisonment, torture and murder of LGBT people in Saudi Arabia,” he said.
“We handed in a letter of protest to the Saudi Ambassador, HRH Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf, calling on his Government to respect the human rights of its own LGBT citizens. Please join us in the struggle for Love without Borders – LGBT rights around the world – and make your views known to the Saudi Ambassador,” he added.
“This year NUS LGBT Campaign is campaigning for ‘Love without Borders'”, said Claire Anderson, the NUS LGBT Officer and co-organiser of the protest.
“Around the world, LGBT people are persecuted, imprisoned and even murdered in state-sponsored homophobia. We live in a global community and no longer can we stand by while LGBT people are persecuted. Now is the time to use our freedom to fight for the rights of others across the globe. When abuses of human rights take place we must not be silent,” she said.
Contact phone number:
Claire Anderson NUS 07845 605152
Peter Tatchell OutRage! 020 7403 1790
Read also: Saudi Arabia: 7,000 Lashes for Sodomy
Gambia’s President Praises Sharia, Slams Gays, Vanrozenheim, Gay Republic Daily
(Gambia) – President Yahya Jammeh has called on the Islamic Ummah to be steadfast, bold and united in the spirit of Islam to condemn any form of attack on the Islamic religion. The Gambian leader, said “if you call yourself a Muslim, and believe in the supremacy of the Almighty Allah, while labelling Sharia as a bad law, then you are bound to go to hell,” noting that Sharia law is the law of the Almighty God. According to him, Western kind of democracy will not be accepted in Gambia, noting that being Gay is unacceptable in this country as long as he lives.
Jammeh Calls for Islamic Solidarity, Ousman Darboe, The Daily Observer (Banjul)
“Jammeh then said the Muslim ummah is the richest in the world, but the poorest of the poor are found among the Muslims, because we worship the West and at the same time worship Allah, that’s why Allah is punishing us. He said “now the West are proclaiming for human rights, but as Muslims and religious leaders, who would go to the television and say his daugther will marry another one’s daughter, because this is the democracy the West wants to impose on us”.
According to him, that type of democracy will not be accepted here, noting that gay or homosexualism is unacceptable in this country as long as he lives.
“What Allah says in the Qur’an is very clear, which is man can marry woman, but not woman to a woman or man to man. Lesbianism will not be accepted in The Gambia, so their idea of democracy is unacceptable, unislamic and ungodly.
I know that Allah owns everything that is in this world and is only Allah, who can give us to develop this nation and it’s only him, who can deny us that. If we follow Allah, he will give us to develop as he is the one who gives and takes. We have seen that type of democracy coming into this country, but let me tell you that it will not be accepted. We have seen people drumming and dancing in the name of Islam, which is unaccetable”, he warned, adding that he will deal with such people to put a stop to it.”