The deputy head of mission at the Netherlands mission in Ghana, Caecilia Wijgers has tasked Ghanaians to be tolerant towards Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgenders (LGBT) in the country in support of efforts to eradicate human rights abuses in the country.
The LGBTS are often subjected to all forms of abuse due to their sexual orientation, a situation which has made the gay and lesbian community in Ghana decide to demand for an end to all forms of abuses which amounted to their rights being infringed upon.
Caecilia Wijgers made these comments at the premier of a movie showcasing the experiences of lesbians and gays in Kenya in collaboration with the Human Rights Advocacy Center.
She observed that it could take time but there was the need for a conscious effort on all to safeguard the rights of such people. "It takes time, but I think change from society comes from within. It’s about universality of human rights without any regard for race or sexual orientation.
A Kenyan Human Rights Commission report revealed that the current discrimination against LGBT Kenyans were high and even such people were harassed by state officials, subjected to physical violence and death threats, and generally stigmatized by their families and society at large as a result of their sexual orientation or gender identity.