The European Union (EU) has summoned the Gambian ambassador for an explanation after the expulsion of EU rep Agnès Guillaud from the Gambia. Agnes Guillaud has 72 hours to leave the country, without any explanation from The Gambian authorities. The West, including the US and EU has been critical of The Gambia’s human rights record and its laws penalising homosexuals. The EU blocked £9.9 million in aid to The Gambia in 2014 because of its poor human rights record, in particular anti-homosexual laws, and are debating whether to release some £122.5 million in aid this year.
Jammeh has openly chastised homosexuals in the country and has since introduced draconian laws to outlaw homosexuality and jail term up to 15 years for posting anything on the internet that he deem challenging his authority. Since Jammeh came to power through a military coup in 1994 he has ruled the Gambia with an iron fist, anyone who dare say anything in the country which is against him are either jailed, tortured, killed or exiled.
According to the EU officials, the EU has summoned the Gambian ambassador on Saturday to seek an explanation for the expulsion. “There appears to be no justification for the decision by the Gambian authorities. We are astonished by this announcement which came with no explanations,” a spokeswoman said.
Jammeh cares less about the people of the Gambia but himself as he plan to isolate The Gambia as much as possible. The Gambia is one of the poorest countries in the world and instead of Jammeh corporating with the world he wants to isolate the country just as Cuba, Libya, North Korea were isolated some years ago, which led to the underdevelopment of those countries.