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“International law overrides national law” – EU ambassador says as he crusades for sex-change and sexuality right in Gambia

The European Union Ambassador in the Gambia, Attila Lajos has in recent times attracted the anger of many Gambians and well-meaning Africans across the globe for what many consider as a misplaced priority and forced agenda in the country.

The EU under his leadership in the Gambia has for some time sparked a fresh campaign to promote sexuality rights in the country following the release of the final draft constitution which frowns on the practice and solely recognizes marriage as one that is held between a man and a woman and nothing else.

However, in what seems to be a blatant disregard for the law, the culture of the people of Gambia and the general moral detest for the concept, the EU keeps pushing this agenda with a very arrogant posture, probably due to the misconception that, they offer financial aid to the country and could use it as a basis to promote the practice.

The ambassador suggested in a recent interview that international treaties and conventions which were ascribed to by the country’s leaders by virtue of belonging to these international organizations override national law. This position amplifies the forced and unilateral approach they are adopting.

EU Ambassador, Attila Lajos. | Photo Credit: EU Delegation to The Gambia.

The question in relation to the issue of domestication of international law or its provisions which he claims overrides national law is this: why are there biases in the provisions? Why is gay right considered a human right and forced on Africans but polygamy which is inherent to the African culture not considered a right in the supposed international law with others equally forced to practice?

One thing an organization as big as the EU or its representatives need to understand perfectly is that, the Gambia as a country has so many development priorities to deal with before giving consideration to secondary matters if need be.

Forcing LGBTQ rights on a people whom are legally, culturally and morally, against the practice is a mission impossible and anyone promoting such agenda is just buying time to fail woefully as the ambassador is doing. You must understand the needs of the people and operate along that line than resort to forced campaigns, misplaced priorities and arrogance. This is basic knowledge and not rocket science.

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