Amnesty International threatens legal action against Anti LGBTQI+ Bill

Amnesty International has declared its intention to pursue legal action against the LGBTQI+ Bill if it is approved by Parliament. This statement follows the Commission of Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) recommending a review of certain sections of the proposed Promotion of Proper Human Rights and Ghanaian Family Value Bill 2021, also known as the Anti-LGBTQ Bill.

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The Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference has expressed support for the bill, emphasizing their stance that criminalizing individuals’ sexual orientation is inappropriate. Country Director Genevieve Partington, speaking on Starr FM, asserted that the Bill contradicts the Constitution of Ghana and should be opposed.

“First of all the bill does not even define who an LGBT person is, there is no definition. So how are you going to identify who an LGBT person is?

“There is a certain part of the bill that talks about romantic displays of affection. How do you define romantic affection between the same sex? So do you see two men holding hands apart of the LGBT community? These are some of the concerns that we have raised from the bill and so many other parts that we have issues with,” madam Patington stated.

“So it is going to bring homophobia in Ghana” adding that now that Ghana gives visa on arrival tourists may be wrongly arrested.

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“Persons suspected to be LGBT are being forced from their houses, landlords and landlords are going through a forced eviction process. We really have to be concerned with this bill as Ghanaians and understand that it will not just affect LGBT community.

“I have always said that Amnesty International completely rejects this bill, it should not exist and criminalizing persons for an activity that happens in their bedroom is actually against international human rights laws. So we should not even be considering it.   

“It is against the 1992 Constitution so all these things we have to consider. For Amnesty International should the bill be passed we will take it to court. As we are allowed to so that is the agenda we have,” she added.

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