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HRW urges Ghana president to reject anti-LGBTQ+ bill

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Human Rights Watch urged President Nana Akufo-Addo on Tuesday to “unequivocally reject” The Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021 and refuse to signal it. The invoice was handed final month by the parliament making it illegal to identify as LGBTQ+ in Ghana.

Beneath the handed invoice, anybody figuring out as LGBTQ+ might withstand three years in jail, whereas anybody who varieties or funds LGBTQ+ teams might withstand 5 years in jail. The invoice awaits assent by the president earlier than it turns into regulation. Nevertheless, Akufo-Addo stated his government will anticipate a Supreme Court docket ruling earlier than taking motion on the invoice. This follows after a problem was instituted within the court docket concerning the constitutionality of the proposed regulation.

Larissa Kojue, one of many researchers at HRW, stated that:

The anti-LGBT rights invoice is inconsistent with Ghana’s long-standing custom of peace, tolerance, and hospitality and flies within the face of the nation’s worldwide human rights obligations. Such a regulation wouldn’t solely additional erode the rule of regulation in Ghana, however might additionally result in additional gratuitous violence in opposition to LGBT individuals and their allies. Ghana’s assaults on LGBT rights contradict its self-image as one of many friendliest nations on the earth and a protected, peaceable and hospitable nation. The president ought to do the correct factor by preserving civic house and defending freedoms of speech and meeting, and veto the invoice.

In keeping with HRW, LGBTQ+ individuals in Ghana have traditionally confronted severe human rights abuses together with discrimination. Since 2021, 21 LGBTQ+ activists have been arrested and detained resulting from allegations that they promoted homosexuality at a gathering.

Ghana has ratified worldwide treaties and conventions that shield LGBTQ+ individuals, together with the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. If handed into regulation, this invoice could contradict worldwide legal guidelines on the elimination of discrimination in opposition to LGBT individuals.

Ghana joins the record of African nations underneath the supervision of HRW by way of the safety of the rights of the LGBTQ+ group. In the meantime, Akufo-Addo has promised that Ghana will preserve its longstanding file of human rights observance and attachment to the rule of regulation.

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