Run to us when anyone assaults, beats you - CHRAJ tells gays and lesbians

Run to us when anyone assaults, beats you - CHRAJ tells gays and lesbians

- CHRAJ has decried the rate of discrimination against the LGBTQ community

- CHRAJ says it has established an investigation response unit to support the LGBTQ community in the country

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Commissioner of the Commission of Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Joseph Wittal is entreating on all persons in the gay community to feel free to report cases of assault against them.

Joseph Wittal at a press conference

CHRAJ has set up an investigation response unit to probe cases of discrimination against the LGBTQ community in Ghana

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YEN.com.gh monitored his conversation on "Today's big stories" on Joy FM's Super Morning Show as he reacted to a recent report by the Human Rights International which painted a worrying picture of how gays and lesbians are being treated in Ghana.

"CHRAJ has put in place a response mechanism to help vulnerable persons have access to protection if they come there if they report. If they send their distress call, CHRAJ investigators will take up the matter and investigate," he revealed.

According to him, the investigative report team are always on standby to come to their aid.

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 their 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.”

Meanwhile, president of the republic, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo says his administration has not included the acknowledgement of the LGBTQ community in their current list of priorities.

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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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