Gambia is coming under fire by human rights groups after the government announced it would execute all of the country's prisoners sitting on death row by September. It's not clear what sparked the mandate, as the small West African nation hasn't put an inmate to death in about three decades. According to human rights activists, there are currently 44 Gambians that are sentenced to die. "All punishments prescribed by law will be maintained in the country to ensure that criminals get what they deserve: that is, that those who kill are killed," said President Yahya Jammeh. "By the middle of next month, all the death sentences would have been carried out to the letter."
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