Gay rights campaigners to protest today outside Gambian High Commission in London

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A protest is taking place this afternoon outside the Gambian High Commission in London in response to last month’s homophobic remarks by Gambia’s President.

Campaigners will gather at 92 Ledbury Road, Westminster, from 5pm until 6.30pm.

Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly, Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh claimed homosexuality was one of the three biggest threats to human existence.

His country left the Commonwealth days later.

Edwin Sesange the Chairman of OPDG, said: “Yahya Jammeh is the ‘President of Homophobia’. He is the big danger to Gambian LGBTI people.

“We are protesting to show our disapproval of his remarks and to also show our support for LGBTI people in The Gambia.

“It is deplorable that such vile homophobic language has been used at the UN.

“His remarks are a menace to the human rights of LGBTI Gambians and give a green light to violence by anti-gay vigilantes.

“The UN platform in New York should not be used to deliver messages of hate that put the lives of the innocent LGBTI people in danger.”

He added: “It is unfortunate that President Obama, Prime Minister David Cameroon and the UN Secretary General have not condemned this homophobic bigotry.”

Same-sex sexual activity in the country is punishable by up to 14 years imprisonment.