8 members of parliament in Ghana have brought forward a bill that would criminalize the country’s LGBT+ community and its allies. We are calling on the authorities of Ghana to reject this bill, and to put in place urgently needed protections for LGBT+ people.
The proposed legislation is one of the most severe and cruel anti-LGBT+ bills to arise in recent history. Local activists describe it as “a homophobe’s dream.”
If passed, anyone suspected of being LGBT+ and anyone who supports LGBT+ friends, coworkers, family members or neighbors could be punished with prison terms of up to five years. Advocating for LGBT+ rights could be punished with up to 10 years in prison.
The bill also promotes so-called “conversion therapy”, a harmful and discredited practice that claims to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
LGBT+ people in Ghana have already been under attack, especially in recent months. Activists and community members in Ghana fear a dramatic increase of discrimination and violence should the bill pass.
We are calling on the authorities of Ghana to reject and dismiss this bill. If Ghana is truly a champion of democracy, as its leaders often claim, then every Ghanaian deserves their rights and freedoms honored, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
To: The Constitution and Legal Affairs Committee and the President of Ghana:
LGBT+ people in Ghana are under attack – from arbitrary arrests to homophobic statements from religious and political leaders. The ‘Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill’ presented to parliament is the latest in this wave of attacks.
If passed, the bill would strip away basic human rights from hundreds of thousands of Ghanaians, lead to an atmosphere of fear and repression across the country, and to an increase in attacks against LGBT+ people, their families and friends.
Every Ghanaian deserves the freedom of speech, of privacy, of association, and to feel safe in their own country.
We are calling on the Constitution and Legal Affairs Committee, and the President of Ghana, to reject and dismiss this bill, and to enact protections for LGBT+ people in the law.