May 17, 2021

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Shut down LGBT office in Ghana – Catholic Bishops to Akufo-Addo

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President Akufo-Addo was called by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference to shut down the recently opened office for LGBT people in Accra.

The Bishops are also urging the President not to accept the practice of homosexuality in the country because of external pressure.

However, the group is against physical attacks on LGBT people, a statement signed by its president, Most Rev Philip Naameh, said.

The statement said, “We also call on the Government of Ghana to close the LGBTQI office space that was recently opened in Accra.”

 

Meanwhile, Joyce Opoku Boateng, a human rights lawyer, said it would be illegal to invade and shut down the LGBT offices in Accra.

I don’t think invading their office and attacking them will be right for anyone because they haven’t met to engage in any sexual activities. When you’re born, every human being has a fundamental right that nobody can take away from you. But we have our norms and culture that frown on certain things,” she said Thursday to Morning Starr’s sit-in host Lantam Papanko.”

If you are caught in the act of having unnatural carnal practice, then that’s criminal, but it’s not criminal if someone expresses himself, because the law is not against that. It’s a clear case of assault, assuming someone dresses like a female and you go and beat the person up.

After fundraising, which was attended by several diplomats, including the Australian High Commissioner who pledged to support the group, conversation and anger towards LGBT practices were renewed in Ghana. Support for the group was declared by the EU office in Ghana.