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Ghana will not backslide on its human rights records – Akufo-Addo assures diplomatic community

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Ghana will not backslide on its human rights records – Akufo-Addo assures diplomatic community
IMF Boss Kristalina Georgieva and President Akufo-Addo

President Akufo-Addo has assured the diplomatic community in Ghana that the country’s enviable human rights records will not be compromised.

The President said while he has noticed the anxiety caused by the passage of the Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill among the diplomatic community, they should rest assured that Ghana will not backslide on its human rights records.

“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,” President Akufo-Addo wrote in a statement posted on Facebook by the Director of Communication at the presidency, Eugene Arhin on March 4.

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.

IMF closely monitoring Ghana after passage of anti-LGBTQ+ Bill

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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However, President Akufo-Akufo-Addo urged all stakeholders to await the outcome of the case that has been filed in the Supreme Court by a concerned citizen with regard to the anti-LGBTQ+ Bill passed by Parliament before any further action is taken.

The President said with this new development, it would be proper to wait for the ruling of the Supreme Court.

“… 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,” he explained.

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