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GHANA; SOGI INDEPENDENT EXPERT ON ANTI-LGBT BILL WHEN INTRODUCED 2021

By Melanie Nathan, Country Conditions Expert witness, nathan@africanHRC.org

FOR THE RECORD - Uploading here - CAVEAT- The ultimate Bill which passed Parliament in 2024 had amended some clauses since the release of the below report. However much of the concerns remain the same and may well have contributed to the changes. This is uploaded for the record.


Mandates of the Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on

sexual orientation and gender identity; the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention; the Special

Rapporteur on the right to education; the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of

the right to freedom of opinion and expression; the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom

of peaceful assembly and of association; the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the

enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health; the Special

Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders; the Special Rapporteur on torture and

other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; the Special Rapporteur on violence

against women, its causes and consequences; and the Working Group on discrimination against

women and girls


REFERENCE:

OL GHA 3/2021 9 August 2021


Excellency,

We have the honour to address you in our capacities as Independent Expert on

protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender

identity; Working Group on Arbitrary Detention; Special Rapporteur on the right to

education; Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom

of opinion and expression; Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful

assembly and of association; Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the

enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health; Special

Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders; Special Rapporteur on torture

and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; Special Rapporteur

on violence against women, its causes and consequences; and Working Group on

discrimination against women and girls, pursuant to Human Rights Council

resolutions 41/18, 42/22, 44/3, 43/4, 41/12, 42/16, 43/16, 43/20, 41/17 and 41/6.

In this connection, we would like to bring to the attention of your Excellency’s

Government information we have received concerning the tabling of a bill entitled

“Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill, 2021”

before the Parliament of Ghana. According to information at our disposal, the first

reading of the bill took place on 2 August. T


he consideration of the bill is expected to resume in October, after Parliamentary recess and public engagement.


While we do not wish the prejudge the accuracy of the information made

available to us, we express our grave concern about the draft bill, which seems to

establish a system of State-sponsored discrimination and violence against LGBTI

persons of great magnitude. As such, the bill appears to constitute an immediate and

fundamental breach of Ghana’s obligations under international human rights law, as

described below. FULL REPORT HERE:


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