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Ghana on the verge of passing anti-LGBT bill into law

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

Ghana’s parliament is on the verge of holding a vote on a bill that seeks to criminalise LGBTQ relationships and activities.

On Wednesday the lawmaking chamber fine-tuned most aspect of the bill through various amendments.

Once those amendments are done and cleared, the house is set to hold a vote to pass the bill which enjoys overwhelming support from lawmakers.

The bill wants to restrict the rights of LGBT people and proposes jail terms for persons who engage in same-sex relationships.

Promoters of same-sex rights could also face jail term should the law be passed. It appears the bill would get parliamentary approval in the coming days.

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Ghanaian lawmakers started debating the promotion of proper sexual human rights and the Ghanaian family values bill last year.

It is being sponsored by some Members of Parliament and not the government but has support of religious bodies.

Various human rights activists have expressed their displeasure at Ghana’s lawmakers to pass such a law.

The issue of homosexuality is very controversial in most African countries, where there is very little support for such rights.

Uganda recently passed an anti-LGBTQ law considered one of the world’s harshest which allows for death penalty for persons considered serial offenders.

It also imposes a life sentence for same-sex intercourse and a 20-year sentence for promotion of homosexuality.


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