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Proper Human sexual rights & Ghanaian Family Values Bill finally passed

The Ghanaian Parliament has finally passed the Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Valus Bill 2021, best known as the anti-LGBTQI+ bill today Wednesday, February 28th, 2024.

The newly published bill seeks to criminalize persons caught in the act and subjected to a 6-month to 3-year jail term with promoters and sponsors of the act bearing a 3 to 5-year jail term. The bill aims to restrict the rights and promotion of LGBTQI+ individuals or groups, causing controversy and attention domestically and abroad.

The passage of the Bill by Parliament comes a day after the Board Chair of the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), Professor Audrey Gadzekpo, called on President Akufo-Addo to reject the Bill.

Prof. Gadzekpo argued that the bill undermines fundamental human rights protected by the Constitution, including the rights to dignity, freedom of speech and association, procession participation, academic freedom, equality, and non-discrimination.

Speaking at a press conference focused on human rights and a rights-based approach to supporting sexual minorities in Ghana, Prof. Gadzekpo emphasized that upholding rights and freedoms is crucial to constitutional democracy.

Hon. Samuel Nartey George, a well-known supporter of the Human Sexual Rights and Family Values Bill, recently expressed his gratitude on social media (X) to everyone who has worked tirelessly for the successful passage of the bill.

He said, “Our values would be protected and defended so long as we have a voice”.

Source: Adoanews.com

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