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Anti-lgbtqi bill: Ghana will not destroy its enviable, longstanding record on human rights observance – Akufo-Addo

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Anti-lgbtqi bill: Ghana will not destroy its enviable, longstanding record on human rights observance – Akufo-Addo
President Akufo-Addo in a meeting with the IMF Boss

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has allayed the fears of the diplomatic community that the anti-lgbtqi bill will disturb the good human rights records of the country.

The president assured that ‘no such back-sliding will be contemplated or occasioned’.

In a message to the diplomatic community on Monday, March 4, the president said that the bill has not yet been submitted to him.

“I am aware that last week’s bi-partisan passage by Parliament of the Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill, on a Private Member’s motion, has raised considerable anxieties in certain quarters of the diplomatic community and amongst some friends of Ghana that she may be turning her back on her, hitherto, enviable, longstanding record on human rights observance and attachment to the rule of law. I want to assure you that no such back-sliding will be contemplated or occasioned.

“I think it will serve little purpose to go, at this stage, into the details of the origin of this proposed law, which is yet to reach my desk. But, suffice it to say, that I have learnt that, today, a challenge has been mounted at the Supreme Court by a concerned citizen to the constitutionality of the proposed legislation.

“In the circumstances, it would be, as well, for all of us to hold our hands, and await the decision of the Court before any action is taken. The operation of the institutions of the Ghanaian state will determine the future trajectory of the rule of law and human rights compliance in our country,” President Akufo-Addo said.

 

 

On February 28, Parliament passed the Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill, otherwise known as anti-gay Bill.

This has attracted varied reactions from various stakeholders, including the diplomatic community.

The Ministry of Finance in a brief to President Akufo-Addo on March 4 pointed to dire implications of assenting to the Bill.

 

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