The anti-gay bill currently before Parliament and sponsored by some eight MPs seeks to criminalise and impose jail terms on lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders and queers (LGBTQ+) and people who promote such activities in the country.
Initially, the bill seemed to have a smooth transition into a law as many Ghanaians put thumbs up for it to be passed as a law. Accordingly to majority of Ghanaians, our culture, the different religious sects and scissors do not supposed such a practice and therefore must be struck out.
But a group made up of academics, lawyers, researchers, civil society organisations (CSOs) and human rights activists has kicked against it. They describe the bill as a flagrant violation of the 1992 Constitution and an existential threat to human rights as it seeks to curtail freedom of expression and the media, the right to assemble and the right to join any association of one’s choice.
According to the group, the bill — Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill — when passed into law, would erode fundamental human rights, as enshrined in the 1992 Constitution, and send Ghana to the dark ages of lawlessness and intolerance.
The group, made up of 18 members, has already submitted a 30-page memorandum to Parliament, detailing what it described as the unconstitutionality of the bill.
Interestingly, one of the leading members of this group is the UN director of economic commission of Africa. He is also a renowned lawyer and a staunch human rights activist. Due the trust and reputation he has gain through hard work and experience, he was chosen by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to be their in the last election petition hearing at the supreme Court.
Even though people doubted that he could win the case against Tsatsu Tsikata since that was his first time of handling such issues, he won it against Tsatsu Tsikata who is another renowned lawyer in our generation.
These credentials make it difficult for the bill to metamorphose into a law and it is likely that the bill will not see the light of the day as expected by most Ghanaians. Therefore, those who are pushing for the bill to made a law anytime soon should again because the man that is standing against them has track records of victories and this may not be an exception.
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