Ghana’s parliament passes Anti-LGBT Law

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Ghanaian Legislators have finally passed a tough new bill that imposes a prison sentence of up to three years for anyone convicted of identifying as LGBTQ+. It also imposes a maximum five-year jail term for forming or funding LGBTQ+ groups.

The bill, which has been widely condemned by several rights activists, was approved unanimously on Wednesday, February 28, 2024 following the completion of the third reading.

The new bill has sparked outrage among human rights groups and LGBTQ+ activists, who argue that it is a blatant violation of the rights and freedoms of LGBTQ+ individuals. The bill has also been condemned by international organizations.

Ghana has faced criticism in the past for its treatment of LGBTQ+ individuals, with reports of discrimination, violence, and harassment being widespread. The passing of this new law is seen as a further regression in terms of LGBTQ+ rights in the country.

Despite the opposition and criticisms, the Ghanaian government has defended the new bill, stating that it is in line with the country’s cultural values and norms. The government has urged the international community to respect Ghana’s sovereignty and not interfere in its domestic affairs.

It remains to be seen how the new law will be enforced and what impact it will have on the LGBTQ+ community in Ghana. Many are concerned that it will lead to increased persecution and discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals, further marginalizing an already vulnerable community.

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