New Legislation in Ghana Declares Identifying as LGBTQ+ Illegal

New Legislation in Ghana Declares Identifying as LGBTQ+ Illegal

In a controversial move, Ghana’s parliament has recently passed a bill making it illegal to identify as LGBTQ+. Those convicted of identifying as LGBTQ+ could face up to three years in prison, while forming or funding LGBTQ+ groups could result in a maximum five-year jail term.

The bill, which has the backing of Ghana’s two major political parties, will need to be signed into law by President Nana Akufo-Addo to come into effect. Activists are concerned that this bill will lead to witch-hunts against LGBTQ+ community members.

The head of the UN body tackling AIDS has warned that the bill could incite violence and negatively impact freedoms. Additionally, those involved in LGBTQ+ advocacy campaigns targeting children could face a jail term of up to 10 years.

The bill also encourages the public to report LGBTQ+ individuals for “necessary action.” It was drafted in response to the opening of Ghana’s first LGBTQ+ community center in January 2021. The bill is a watered-down version of an earlier draft, with jail terms shortened and the conversion therapy clause removed.

There was debate in parliament about whether individuals convicted of being LGBTQ+ should be imprisoned or undergo community service and counseling, with prison sentences ultimately supported. This development has sparked concerns among human rights activists both within Ghana and internationally. Stay tuned to Insider Wales Sport for further updates on this developing story.

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