UN slams speaker of parliament for speaking against gays and lesbians

UN slams speaker of parliament for speaking against gays and lesbians

- A UN official has criticized the speaker of parliament for speaking against homosexuality

- The UN official believes there are so many gays and lesbians in Ghana

- Britain says it will help Ghana legalize gay laws

The gay debate in Ghana keeps intensifying by the minute with the latest twist being the United Nations (UN) reacting fiercely to comments made by the speaker of parliament, Mike Ocquaye Jnr, that parliament will never permit gay rights so far as he stays the speaker of parliament.

It all happened when the UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Prof. Philip Alston, says the speaker of parliament does not know what is happening in Ghana when it comes to homosexuality.

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The speaker of parliament had earlier revealed that homosexuality is not in Ghana and that it is a strange activity that will not be accepted in the country but the UN official says Ghana's speaker of parliament has no idea of what is happening in Ghana.

According to the UN official, the number of gays and lesbians in Ghana is overwhelming and that enforcing gay rights could help safeguard the interests of the community.

“If you tell me that a man must sleep with a man so as to show his human rights for Ghana, I can assure you that our Parliament is a real micro pause of the rule of Ghana. Ghanaians do not support gay rights and nobody is going to make any law that will support this kind of thing,” he revealed to the media after the UN held a fact-finding visit to Ghana about human rights and administrative justice.

The criticism closely follows the speech by the British prime minister, Theresa May, who has pledged UK's resolve to help Ghana and other African countries legalize homosexuality.

Theresa May, during the Commonwealth Heads of State conference in London, revealed that Britain introduced anti-gay laws in Ghana and therefore is prepared to reverse these laws.

In the midst of all these pressure, the seat of the presidency is still committed to keeping homosexuality illegal in Ghana.

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In fact, the minister of information, Mustapha Hamid, has stated that government is not considering legalizing homosexuality in the next hundred years. But amidst the assurance by the government, it is very clear that the pressure to enforce gay laws is mounting.

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