LGBTQI office in Kwabenya has been closed down by Police officers

LGBTQI office in Kwabenya has been closed down by Police officers

- A video has emerged as police officers of the Ghana Police Service have moved to close down the LGBTQI office in Kwabenya

- The office was closed down by the Police on Wednesday, February 24, 2021

- The landlord said the occupants were no longer using the office for the original purpose of which they rented it

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In Ghana, the issues of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexuals, Transgender, and Queer Individuals have become topical since an office was commissioned by the European Union.

The opening of that office generated a lot of controversies as many religious leaders frowned on it.

Gay office in Kwabenya have been closed down by Police officers
Gay office in Kwabenya have been closed down by Police officers Photo credit: TV3
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A video has emerged as police officers of the Ghana Police Service have moved to close down the office operated by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexuals, Transgender, and Queer Individuals (LGBTQI) in Kwabenya.

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The office was closed down by the Police on Wednesday, February 24, 2021.

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According to a 3news report, the landlord had said the occupants were no longer using the office for the original purpose of which they rented it.

This comes after the Director of LGBTQI+ Rights in Ghana, Alex Kofi Donkor, asked Ghanaians to look at issues relating to LGBTQI, as human rights issues.

YEN.com.gh also reported that the National Security has raided the administrative office of LGBT+ Rights Ghana in Tesano in Accra to shut down the office which was opened in February 2021.

In a post on social media, LGBT+ Rights Ghana disclosed its members no longer have access to a safe space as their lives are being threatened.

''This morning, our office was raided by National Security. A few days ago, traditional leaders threatened to burn down our office but the police did not help.

At this moment, we no longer have access to our safe space and our safety is being threatened,'' the post read.

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In other news, the newly elected US President, Joe Biden, has rolled out a resettlement visa to aid persons of vulnerable groups, like the LGBTQI facing discrimination in Ghana and Nigeria, to resettle in the USA.

Speaking from the Oval Office as he signed some executive orders, Joe Biden revealed that the Federal Government of the US will take all appropriate steps including increasing Embassy Priority-1 referrals to identify and sharply process the resettlement of highly vulnerable persons including LGBTQI+ who need protection from discrimination and violence.

By this, the US, according to the BBC, “has alerted cases of asylum seekers from LGBTQ communities so as to give them the need to resettle abroad.

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