May 25, 2022

Minority demand clarity from Attorney General over government’s stance on anti-LGBTQI+ bill

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The Minority in Parliament are demanding that the Attorney General, Godfred Yeboah Dame, declare the government’s position on the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill.

The Minority says it will be interesting to know the position of government on the bill to shape the surrounding conversations.

Parliament is currently receiving memoranda on the anti-LGBTQ+ Bill ahead of the house’s resumption later in October 2021.

Although data suggests that most Ghanaians are in favour of the Bill, it has faced criticism from renowned activists and academics.

The Bill prescribes that people of the same sex who engage in sexual activity could spend up to 10 years in jail.

Varying forms of support for the LGBTQ+ community will also be criminalized if the bill is passed into law.

It has, however, generated some widespread conversation, with many expressing varied views about some clauses in the document.

Addressing the media after a group petitioned the House to pass the anti-LGBTQI Bill, Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu said such practices will not be accepted in Ghana.

“It will be significant and refreshing to know what the thinking of the Attorney General is on the merits of this bill. Which aspects does he agree with, and which aspects does he find wanting. That should be the basis of any consultation, to begin with,” he said.

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