By Melanie Nathan, April 07, 2023. The Ghanaian Parliament introduced an extremely harsh ANTI-LGBTQI bill, THE PROMOTION OF PROPER HUMAN SEXUAL RIGHTS AND GHANAIAN FAMILY VALUES BILL OF 2021, which was sent to its Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee for work up.
Now the Chairman of that very committee, Kwame Anyimadu Antwi, MP for Asante Akin Central, who has marked it up and referred it back to Parliament for Amendment and debate and likely passage, is saying he does not think the laws can be enforced even if it becomes law. This is more than cowardly. This is dangerous. It is these laws, whether enforceable, enforced or not, that serve to license the discrimination, persecution and violence that follows passage. As a country conditions expert, testifying in the U.S. courts and hearing the actual stories of lived experience of those fleeing, seeking protection and asylum abroad reflects that the laws that exist and the new laws, be it Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, are barely utilized other than to license blackmail by state and non state actor, beatings, mob and vigilante justice and all that goes with it. These laws are dangerous. Whether enforced or not. I personally sent in an opposition to that committee making this very point! READ MORE: https://www.africanhrc.org/single-post/ghanaian-president-follows-ugandan-lead-to-ensure-new-harsh-anti-homosexuality-laws