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Ghana’s anti-LGBT+ bill seeks 10-year jail term for activists

– Advertisement – Ghana’s lawmakers are pushing for tougher laws to deal with LGBT+ persons and those who promote their activities with a new draft bill. The bill titled “The Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021″ is being sponsored by some individual lawmakers who are anit-LGBT+ activists. Details of the bill have now emerged with those behind the draft law seeking a jail term of up to ten years for culprits depending on the crime. According to details of the bill, anyone of the same…

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Rights activists kick against Ghana’s anti-LGBT+ draft bill

– – Various human rights activists have expressed their displeasure at an attempt by Ghana’s lawmakers to pass a law that criminalizes activities of LGBTQ+ persons and those who advocate such rights in the country. Last month eight members of Ghana’s Parliament jointly submitted a private bill to push for the criminalization of LGBTQI+ activities. The bill, titled “Bill on the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values”, was presented to Speaker, Alban Bagbin who is an anti-LGBT+ activist. The proponents of the bill want the promotion,…

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The gift of queer and trans* Ghanaian activists

– – On June 23rd, 2021, Rightify Ghana called attention to an exchange of letters between Ghana’s Speaker of Parliament, Alban S. K. Bagbin and a certain Emmanuel Abankwah Kesse, who dubs himself a political activist. Dated May 28, 2021, Kesse’s letter to the Speaker of Parliament seeks to curtail efforts by various activist groups to ensure the release of 21 individuals wrongfully arrested for “unlawful assembly.” Kesse writes, “I think there is a need to amend section [sic] of our laws that makes these LGBTs think what they are…

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Rights group wants Ghana to drop charges against LGBT activists

– – Human Rights Watch has said Ghana’s attorney general must drop charges against 21 human rights activists facing trial for attending a paralegal training session. The activists were charged with “unlawful assembly” for attending a meeting on how to document and report human rights violations against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. On June 11, 2021, the High Court released the activists on bail after 22 days in detention, raising hopes that the authorities would abandon abusive efforts to prosecute them. But at a hearing on June 16,…

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21 LGBT activists arrested in Ghana granted bail by court

– – A high Court in Ghana on Friday granted bail to some 21 activists of Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender society. They have been denied bail multiple times since their arrest on May 20, 2021 at a meeting in Ghana’s Volta region. The UN asked the government of Ghana to release the suspects including 16 females and 5 males, arguing that their detention was a violation of international human rights. The suspects who were said to have been at a conference in the Ho Municipality where the arrest was…

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Detention of 21 LGBT activists in Ghana sparks protests in U.S

– – There have been protests outside the Ghana Embassy in the United States of America over the continuous detention of some 21 LGBTQ activists in the West African country. If follows the latest decision of a court in Ghana’s Volta Region to deny them bail for the fourth time. The court also ordered that the suspects be put into prison custody until their next appearance. Julia Selman Ayetey, a lawyer for the defendants has told journalists that no justification was given for their continuous detention. Update on #ReleaseThe21 The…

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Over 100 feminists solidarize with LGBT+ Ghanaians

– – A group of over 100 Ghanaian feminists have announced their solidarity with “LGBT+ Rights Ghana and queer and transgender Ghanaians everywhere.” Members of the LGBT+ community in Ghana have come under serious attack following news of the commissioning of an office and work space for them in Ghana’s capital Accra. Ghana is a highly conservative and religious nation, which has driven support for anti-LGBT+ activities. But with a surge in attempts to resist the acceptability of the LGBT+community in Ghana, the group of Ghanaian feminists wrote a statement…

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Uproar over establishment of LGBT office in Ghana

– – There is public uproar over the establishment of an office in the Ghanaian capital Accra, for the LGBT community. It follows viral photographs of the commissioning of the office and it’s fundraising programme attended by some diplomats. The presence of the diplomats including Australian High Commissioner Gregory Andrews has fuelled speculations about their support for the activities of the LGBT group. Opening Night & Fundraiser.@AusAmbGHA @DKAmbGhana @EuropeInGhana @themojaoneTHANK YOU for honouring our invitation. @wanlov we love you to the max! Thank you ❤!Enjoy some Image trends?️‍????️‍????️‍????️‍????️‍? pic.twitter.com/fOaGqcMAbG — LGBT+ Rights…

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Ghana’s sexuality lesson for pupils sparks controversy

Ghana’s decision to introduce Comprehensive Sexuality Education in public schools has sparked controversy. Education service officials have said that beginning next year, pupils in all public schools, including five-year-olds, will receive Comprehensive Sexuality Education lessons. The Ghana Education Service argued that, the subject will empower pupils with values that would protect them from sexual harassment. But some parents and local groups are kicking against the initiative. The local group National Coalition for Proper Human Sexual Rights and Family Values argued that some texts and modules in the curriculum resonate with…

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