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Concluding Observations, CRC/C/GMB/CO/2-3, 30 January 2015: Gambia

III. Main areas of concern and recommendations

B. General principles (arts. 2, 3, 6 and 12)


29. The Committee welcomes the adoption of the Women’s Act 2010 and the development of the National Gender and Women Empowerment Policy 2010–2020. However, it remains concerned about:

(e) The provisions of the 2014 Criminal Code according to which the new crime of “aggravated homosexuality” carries punishments of up to life in prison, which encourages the persecution and stigmatization of, and discrimination against, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons, including children, and children from LGBTI families.

30. The Committee urges the State party to:

(e) Ensure that children who belong to LGBTI groups and children from LGBTI families are not subjected to any form of discrimination, and repeal the legal provisions criminalizing homosexuality;

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