By Patience Loum, Banjul, The Gambia – Thursday, November 28, 2019.
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation, and guarantees of non-recurrence has warned on the disadvantages of the Gambian government ruling out on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender – LGBTQ.
Fabián Salvioli was speaking at a conference with journalists at the UN house at Cape Point Gambia, Wednesday, November 27, 2019.
The Gambia Government has categorically stated in its submission to the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council Working Group that it has no plan to decriminalize same-sex marriage.
The UN rapporteur argued that a law that criminalizes LGBTQ leads to discrimination. Salvioli argued The Gambia, as a signatory to human rights treaties and bodies at the UN, is obliged to adhere to the provisions in those treaties.
“So as a result of that, if the decriminalization continues, The Gambia has to appear before these bodies to receive very clear observations from the international community in that regard,” he told journalists at a press conference.
He also urged Gambian authorities to harmonise and domesticate all ratified international legal instruments. He said Gambian authorities should ensure that the constitutional review process is undertaken in full compliance with international human rights standards.
Fabian also recommended the government to abolish the death penalty and investigate and prosecute members of paramilitary groups implicated in human rights violations.
He said Gambia’s Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission – TRRC amnesties or pardons should not be recommended or granted, as prescribed by international law.
“The TRRC should adopt all necessary measures to promote the universal registration of victims in order to know the full extent of victimhood in the country and provide them with reparation,” he added.