INTERPRIDE CONDEMNS THE NEW ANTI-LGBTQIA+ BILL IN GHANA, AND CALLS ON WORLD’S LEADERS TO TAKE ACTION
InterPride (www.interpride.org) condemns the proposed “Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights & Ghanian Family Values Bill, 2021,” sponsored by eight lawmakers on August 2, 2021. The bill would impose a maximum 10-year prison sentence on people who support and advocate for same-sex and gay rights. Individuals or groups would also not be allowed to provide social or medical support to LGBTQIA+ people. Global leaders must take a strong stance against this vile legislation.
This bill is yet another example of how Ghana has been vilifying the LGBTQIA+ community members there with hateful, misguided, and dangerous series of actions. The growing policy, rhetoric, and direct action against the Ghanian LGBTQIA+ community is alarming and utterly unacceptable.
On February 24, 2021, Ghana security forces raided and shut down the office of an LGBTQIA+ rights group in the capital, Accra, after politicians and religious leaders called for its closure.
On May 20, 2021, police arrested 16 women and 5 men at a hotel where they were attending a paralegal training session by Rightify Ghana, a human rights organization. Police justified the arrest on the grounds that the training session was promoting homosexuality and that the gathering was an unlawful assembly.
The breadth and depth of what we have witnessed in recent months have shaken us to our core, and we will not idly sit in the face of the Ghanian government’s actions to curtail and prevent the inclusion of the LGBTQIA+ community.
The Ghanaian Bill is yet another step in the wrong direction for Ghana, the continent, and the world. InterPride, and its 400 member organizations from 70 countries demand immediate action from global leaders, officials, media, and businesses to address these alarming acts, which are a blatant abuse of fundamental human rights.
This is no longer an ask; it is an imperative. The global LGBTQIA+ population is at risk of increased violence, imprisonment, or worse, death for being their authentic selves. We need our international allies to step up as they have never done before to protect our LGBTQIA+ community members in Ghana from persecution.
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