Renowned Activists Want Parliament To Reject Anti-Gay Bill

Fifteen activists and civil society professionals have filed a memorandum challenging the anti-gay legislation submitted to Parliament.

The activists include Professor Kofi Gyimah-Boadi, Dr. Rose Kutin-Mensah, Professor H. Kwasi Prempeh, Professor Audrey Gadzekpo, Professor Kwame KariKari, Akoto Ampaw and Professor Raymond Atuguba.

In early August, a bill titled “The Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021” was proposed in parliament to further restrict the rights of LGBT+ people and the promotion of LBTQ+ activities on social media.

The proposed bill could see LGBTQ community members imprisoned between five to 10 years for identifying or advocating for their rights.

In the memorandum, they contend that the proposed bill which seeks to criminalise LGBTQ+ and adjacent activities, is an “impermissible invasion of the inviolability of human dignity.”

Already, the UN and other international bodies have slammed the bill, saying it violates human rights of LGBTQ+ people.

“Passing this law in its current or even partial form would violate a significant number of human rights, including the absolute prohibition of torture,” a UN panel of experts said in a statement.

“This will not only criminalize LGBTI (I for intersex) people but also all those who support or show sympathy for human rights,” they added.

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