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‘We’re deeply troubled’ — US kicks against Ghana’s anti-LGBTQ law

The United States has frowned on the new anti-LGBTQ law in Ghana.

Ghana’s parliament, on Wednesday, passed a new bill opposing the rights of queer persons, and proposing a prison sentence of up to five years for the “wilful promotion, sponsorship, or support of LGBTQ+ activities”.

The bill also proposes a jail term of up to 10 years for anyone involved in LGBTQ+ advocacy campaigns aimed at children. It encourages the public to report members of the queer community to authorities for “necessary action”.

Sam George, MP for Ningo-Prampram, who introduced the bill, described it as a major success and vowed to protect the country’s values.

Reacting to the development in a statement issued by Matthew Miller, Spokesperson for the US Department of State, said the United States was “deeply troubled” by the passage of the legislation.

Miller said the crackdown would threaten all constitutionally protected freedoms of speech of Ghanaians, press, and assembly.

“Limiting the rights of one group in a society undermines the rights of all,” the US government official added.

“Ghana’s tradition of tolerance, peace, and respect for human rights is a source of stability and prosperity that has long served as a model for countries around the globe.

“This legislation is inconsistent with these values and will, if it becomes law, undermine this laudable tradition.

“The United States echoes the call by those Ghanaians who have urged a review of the constitutionality of the bill to protect the rights of all individuals in Ghana.”

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