Amnesty International, an international group that fights for human rights, has spoken out against Ghana’s anti-gay bill, saying that it not only violates the human rights of the LGBTQIA+ community and Ghana’s Constitution but that the MPs who recently voted for changes to the bill are not telling the truth about how harsh it is.
The bill, called the Proper Human Sexual and Family Values Bill, punishes severely not only LGBTQIA+ people but also anyone who tries to support their right to be and show their sexual orientation.
In an interview with the press, Genevieve Partington, who is the Country Director of Amnesty International Ghana, said that Ghanaians should learn about the full contents of the bill and support Amnesty International’s position that it should be thrown out.
“As long as they [the LGBTQI+ group] aren’t hurting anyone, making them criminals is against our Constitution. So I’m begging the people to please get a copy of the amendments, which is easy to do, and read them carefully. If you ask them, they will say that the bill is good as it is now because they looked over it. But that’s bad. So, Amnesty International thinks that the plan should be completely thrown out. She said, “It shouldn’t even be there.”
Ghanaians were happy with Parliament’s choice to pass the changes, and they asked it to do so as soon as possible. But some well-known academics and powerful Ghanaians have spoken out against the bill and the attempt to make a minority group like the LGBTQIA+ community a crime.