Human rights advocacy group, Rightify Ghana, has reported that 25 homosexual individuals have been violently attacked in the country so far this year.
The Ashanti Region saw the highest number of incidents, with the abuse taking place in several areas where “violent organized groups” have been kidnapping and abusing homosexual individuals. Demands for money were also reported, and some victims were stripped naked and posted on social media.
Mr. Danny Bediako, the director of Rightify Ghana, has called for the state security agencies to arrest and prosecute the perpetrators of the violence against LGBTQ+ people.
He also urged Ghanaian citizens to reject the LGBTQ+ bill, which he claimed not only targeted LGBTQ+ individuals but also journalists and the general population.
Bediako expressed the hope that parliament would reject the bill, calling instead for greater protection against persecution based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
The situation in Ghana highlights the ongoing struggles of LGBTQ+ communities in many parts of the world, including the ongoing fight for equal rights and protections under the law.
LGBTQ+ people in Ghana face significant discrimination and harassment, with same-sex activity being illegal in the country.
The proposed LGBTQ+ bill would make the situation even worse, as it would criminalize advocacy for LGBTQ+ rights and lead to further persecution of this vulnerable community.
Human rights groups have expressed concern over the bill, warning that it would have a chilling effect on freedom of expression and would violate international human rights standards.
As Ghana moves forward, it is critical that the country works to ensure the safety and security of all its citizens, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
By rejecting the proposed bill and taking action to protect LGBTQ+ individuals from violence and discrimination, Ghana can send a powerful message of inclusion and acceptance to its people and to the world.