Gambian authorities arrested three men and accused them of committing homosexual acts, which are punishable with a maximum sentence of life imprisonment under a law signed in October, state television has said. The arrests followed a security operation and the men have confessed that they are gay. The country's National Intelligence Agency appealed to the public, especially parents and landlords, to help them stamp out homosexuality.
Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh faces global condemnation over the country's human rights record, in part because of the law, which introduced "aggravated homosexuality" as a crime.
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