Human Rights Watch has appealed to President Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia to disavow threatening comments he made towards homosexuals. In an open letter to Jammeh, HRW expressed its concerns at the arrest of at least four people following his remarks. At a political rally last month, Jammeh said he would “cut off the heads” of any homosexuals in Gambia, and gave them 24 hours to leave the country. In The Gambia, sex between people of the same sex is punishable by a 14-year prison sentence. According to HWR, at least four people have been detained on charges of sodomy since the president made his remarks. (Radio Netherlands)

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