Gambia: Submission to the Universal Periodic Review at the Human Rights Council

On August 31, 2009, IGLHRC made a submission to the Universal Periodic Review at the Human Rights Council regarding the Gambia's human rights violations of LGBT people.

In the Gambia, homosexual conduct has been criminalized since the enactment of its 1965 Criminal Code. Article 144 of the Code states that homosexual acts between men or women are “unnatural offense(s)” and those found guilty of such acts can be imprisoned for up to 14 years. In 2008 and 2009, the President of the Gambia called for violence and discrimination against and expulsion of ‘homosexuals’ and called for them to be expelled from their dwellings.

IGLHRC recommends that the Human Rights Council, in its upcoming review, urge the Gambia to bring its legislation into conformity with its international human rights obligations by repealing all provisions criminalizing sodomy or other sexual activity between consenting adults and by ensuring non-discrimination by ensuring access to adequate housing and freedom from or remedies for forced evictions or the threat of forced evictions on the basis of sexual orientation.