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CHRAJ throws spanner in the work of anti-LGBTQI campaigners

The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), has thrown spanner into the work of the anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI+) campaigners, as it sees the “proper human sexual rights and the Ghanaian family values bill”, now before parliament as not necessary.

According to the Commission, the 1992 Constitution under its section 104, has already criminalized acts of LGBTQI+ and that its position is that section 104 is adequate.

Joseph Whittal, the Commissioner, says, if the consensus among Ghanaians is that there is limitation to section 104, then the way forward should be the amendment of this section of the law but not to come with a bill “that criminalizes all over again”.

“I think section 104 is sufficient and if it is not sufficient, we can make an amendment of that position sufficient to deter people along those lines and not to open up so that anyone of us, like me, as a member of the commission, or commissioner of CHRAJ, with a mandate to promote human rights, if I decide to speak on behalf of minority and the vulnerable, then I am opening myself to possible criminal prosecution, why will that be. We need to be careful as we consider the Bill.”

He is therefore urging parliament to be cautious in its consideration of the anti-LGBTQI+ bill that is before the house.

He told the parliamentary committee that has holding public hearings on the more than 150 memoranda on the anti-LGBTQI+ bill, when he appeared before it that, “if the committee believes that the species of activities that are covered under Section 104 in the light of the fact that it is an old legislation, require further improvement by an amendment, that will take care of current and future possible activities, which you would want to criminalize, I say you should go ahead, and that is something you should be looking at instead of this [anti-LGBTQI+] Bill”.

One of the country’s top lawyers, Akoto Ampaw, has also raised some valid and interesting constitutional matters.

He argues that under article 108 of the 1992 constitution (sections two and three) it is the President or his agents, who can introduce bills in parliament that impose a charge on the Consolidated Fund or any other public fund.

Any bill that is going to impose a charge on the consolidated or any other public fund cannot come in the name of a private member bill, a legal position, which is shared by another lawyer and a former Member of Parliament (MP) for Zebilla, John Ndebugre.

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CHRAJ Commission Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice Ghanaian Joseph Whittal


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