Audrey Gadzekpo

A human rights coalition, comprising of CDD Ghana, “the big 18” and others have called on President Akufo-Addo not to assent to the Promotion of Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill when passed by Parliament in its current state. Board chair of the CDD, Audrey Gadzekpo addressing the media in Accra on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, noted that the Bill when passed, will infringe on the fundamental human rights of many including the media as enshrined by the 1992 Constitution.

Professor Gadzekpo said “We observed that proposals to amend the Bill to substitute community services for in castration that was made by the Member of Parliament for Effutu, Mr. Afenyo-Markin was unfortunately rejected. Although his amendments were opposed by the majority of the house leading to a removal of the proposed amendments, we appreciate his effort aimed at reforming our justice system.”

On Wednesday, February 21, the then Deputy Majority Leader, Alexander Afenyo-Markin withdrew his amendments to the anti-LGBTIQ+ bill which seeks to impose a prison sentence paving the way for the Bill to be considered for passage in the coming days. However, the coalition of civil society organizations and interest groups maintained, that the Bill must be relooked at.

“Ghana is a secular and multi-religious country with over 50 ethnic groups with different cultural practices and beliefs. Any attempt to create a single cultural value system for Ghana erases the beautiful cultural mosaic that makes us a unique people.” Professor Gadzekpo posited. She further explained that “It is for this reason that the constitution abolishes all practices and laws detrimental to people’s health and well-being, even in the name of culture and tradition.”

The coalition noted that the Bill would undermine the journalists’ ability to speak freely. The Bill in its current form states, “any person that uses the media to broadcast and slash or advocate on LGBTQ+ topic faces a prison sentence of up to three years.” The group believe that “this places a heavy restriction on journalists, bloggers, influencers and various social media users who produce or publish content, especially those who work in the field of human rights.”

They want the President to block the bill when passed by Parliament. They believe the bill in its state will negatively affect the democratic gains of the country. “As a result of this, we urge the President not to assent to the Human Sexual Rights and Family Values Bill 2021,” the professor concluded.

By Job Kwabena Laboja


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