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Amnesty: Gambia rejects UN suggestions to improve rights

March 26, 2015

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Amnesty International says Gambia has “thumbed its nose” at the international community by rejecting a series of U.N. recommendations to improve its human rights record.

As part of a periodic review of the tiny West African’s rights situation, the U.N. Human Rights Council made 171 recommendations. Gambia accepted 93 of them.

Amnesty said Thursday that Gambia rejected recommendations urging it to ratify the U.N. Convention Against Torture and to de-criminalize homosexuality.

Sabrina Mahtani, an Amnesty researcher, said: “Gambia’s human rights situation will continue to deteriorate unless the international community takes action.”

Activists have long criticized the government in Gambia for targeting political opponents, journalists and gays. The U.S. recently removed Gambia from a trade agreement in response to some policies, including a law imposing life imprisonment for some homosexual acts.

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