- Human rights watch has revealed the gross infringement of gay rights in Ghana
- The human rights group is calling on government to engage the gay community to find out their challenges
Ghana has been painted black over how gays and lesbians are being treated in the country. This is contained in a report on the state of the LGBT community in Ghana by the Human Rights Watch.
The report sampled the views of 114 gay men and women in Accra (Ghana’s capital), Tamale (the capital of the northern region of Ghana), Kumasi (the capital of Ashanti region in southern Ghana) and Cape Coast (capital of the Central region in southern Ghana).
According to these persons, the anti-gay sentiments in the country has sent the gay community coiling up on their shelves and even denying the sexuality.
Speaking on Ghana's stance on homosexuality, the report stated that "Ghana is a country of profound contradictions." It further stated that despite Ghana being a liberal democracy, it has consistently rejected calls by United Nations bodies to repeal the law against “unnatural carnal knowledge.”
To this effect, the Human Rights is calling on government and parliament to make the following changes to protect the interest of gays and lesbians:
1. To repeal section 104(1)(b) of the Criminal Offences Act, which criminalizes consensual adult same-sex conduct.
2. To comply fully with the UN Human Rights Council’s recommendations and adopt measures to monitor and report on hate speech and to protect LGBT persons from all forms of discrimination, intimidation and violence.
3. To effectively implement Resolution 275 of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights, which requires all African states to take positive steps to end violence and discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.
4. To act swiftly to protect LGBT people from violence, whether committed by state or non-state actors.
5. To engage in a constructive dialogue with the LGBT organizations to better understand its needs – with a particular focus on addressing the intersecting forms of discrimination that affect lesbian and bisexual women—and ensure that the necessary legislative and policy measures are taken to ensure their safety, dignity, and equality.
Meanwhile, president of the republic, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo says his administration included the acknowledgement of the LGBTQ community in their current list priorities.
The president in a recent interview on gay rights with Aljazeera sparked national outrage but the government still insists homosexuality will never be legalized in Ghana, at least not in the short or long term.
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