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Amnesty International Wants Portions Of Anti-LGBTQ Bill Revised

Human rights organisation Amnesty International-Ghana has vehemently opposed the ongoing efforts by members of parliament to pass an anti-LGBTQ+ Bill.

The organisation says it opposes the Promotion of Proper Sexual Human Rights and the Ghanaian Family Values Bill in its current shape and form.

This comes after a unanimous consent by all 275 MPs regarding the passage of the controversial Promotion of Proper Sexual Human Rights and the Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021 at a debate on the floor on Wednesday, July 5.

The law seeks to criminalise the practice of LGBTQ and advocacy of the same.

Amnesty International-Ghana mentioned that the Bill still promotes hate for persons identified as LGBTQ.

The country director for Amnesty International-Ghana, Genevieve Partington, expressed the organisation’s concerns.

For example, “I’m an ally, I’m identified as an ally. It also said from the Bill that if you are an ally of the LGBTQ community, that means you are living amongst people who have a different sexual orientation. I don’t see how that affects my life in any way.

“How does a man sleeping with a man within closed doors in their bedroom affect my life,” she said to Citi News.

Meanwhile, the Constitutional and Legal Affairs Committee of Parliament has recommended that the House passes the controversial Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill, 2021.

According to the Committee, the majority of Ghanaians are in favour of the legislation.

While admitting that the Bill had “significant human rights concerns”, the Committee informed the House that it petitioned the Attorney-General for its opinion.

The 18-page document, signed by the Committee’s Chairperson, Kwame Anyimadu-Antwi, had been subjected to the amendments proffered by the Committee.

Story By Will Agyapong

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