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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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Should Universities ‘Go Vegan’ to Help Climate Change?

– – There is a risk of environmental pollution all over the world. One of the areas of concern to people is the emission of carbon into the atmosphere. The big question begging for answers now is: can veganism help bring down the problem of climate change? We shall take a look at the strategy put forward by some universities and companies that provide support to students in solving their problems and taking classes at Class Taker to support their idea of going veganism. They believe it can help stop…

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Ghana to pay $2.5 mln surgery fee to separate conjoined twins

– – The government of Ghana has taken up the full cost of surgery for the separation of conjoined twins delivered at one of the top health facilities in the country, the Greater Accra Regional Hospital. The Chief of Staff, Frema Osei Opare who made the disclosure paid a visit to twins and their parents. The parents and doctors at the facility had been appealing for funds to save the lives of the babies with the support of the media. “It is my pleasure to announce that the President has said that…

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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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Ghana’s President hired £15k per hour jet so he can shower

– – Ghana’s government has justified the decision by the country’s president, Nana Akufo-Addo to travel in a £15, 000 an hour private jet for his recent foreign trips. Media reports of the president’s decision to travel in a private jet instead of the already acquired presidential jet sparked public criticisms. An opposition lawmaker Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa last week made the revelations about the president spending over $480,000 (Ghc2.8m) on a private jet on his trips to France and Johannesburg in May this year. Renting the aircraft cost the Ghanaian…

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Ghana’s Green project targets planting over 5 million trees

– – Ghana on Friday launched a green project called Green Ghana Day aimed at getting citizens to plant over 5 million trees. The project is expected to mobilize efforts to preserve and protect the country’s forest cover and the environment. Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo lead the event on Friday which was replicated across the country. Friday, 11th June, 2021 is #GreenGhanaDay. Let’s plant a tree for future generations. #GreenGhanaProject #LetsGoPlanting 🌳 pic.twitter.com/fL90yEAllz — Nana Akufo-Addo (@NAkufoAddo) June 8, 2021 Thousands of people participated in the project, planting trees at…

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Rival militant group says Boko Haram leader killed himself

– – The leader of the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, has reportedly killed himself. The announcement was made by rival Islamist militants in an audio recording. In the audio obtained by news agencies, the Islamic State West Africa Province (Iswap) said Shekau died detonating explosives on himself after a battle between the two groups. Shekau was reported dead last month and has been reported killed before but he always resurfaces in the past. Neither Boko Haram nor the Nigerian government have confirmed his latest reported death. – –…

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Covid-19 pandemic fueling child labour in Ghana

– – The unprecedented economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, together with global school closures and inadequate government assistance, is pushing children into exploitative and dangerous child labor, Human Rights Watch and Friends of the Nation said today in a report released ahead of the World Day against Child Labor on June 12, 2021. The Ghanaian government and donors should prioritize cash allowances to families to protect children’s rights and enable families to maintain an adequate standard of living without resorting to child labor. The 69-page report, “I Must Work…

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New study predicts more Covid-19 patients to die in Africa

– – A new study has predicted that patients who are critically ill with Covid-19 are more likely to die in Africa than in any other region in the world. The study published by The Lancet attributes this to the shortage of crucial equipment in hospitals that are helpful in saving lives as well as shortage of specialised staff. About 48% of severely ill patients admitted to a hospital in Africa die, the report notes, compared to the global average of 31.5. And the rate could be even higher in…

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Gambia: Commission uncovered ex-President’s alleged crimes

– – Testimony before a Gambian truth commission linking former president Yahya Jammeh to numerous grave crimes during his 22 years in office should be followed by criminal accountability, Human Rights Watch said today with the release of a video, “Truth and Justice in Gambia.” On May 27, 2021, the Gambia Truth, Reconciliation, and Reparations Commission (TRRC) is scheduled to conclude over two years of publicly televised sessions. Victims and former government officials who testified at the hearings, which began in January 2019, tied Jammeh to the killing and torture of political opponents, the murder of about 59…

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