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Ghana will await Supreme Court decision on Anti-LGBTQ+ bill before any action – Akufo-Addo

President Akufo-Addo has reassured the international community of Ghana's commitment to upholding human rights regardless of the new passage of the Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill, popularly known as the Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill.

Tending to worries during a diplomatic engagement, the President stressed that Ghana stays steadfast in its well established standing for respecting human rights and adherent to the rule of law.

He explained that the Bill is confronting a legitimate test at the High Court and that until a decision is arrived at, no move would be initiated by his administration on the private Member's bill.

"l 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."

Notwithstanding, President Akufo-Addo noticed that the Bill presently can't seem to arrive at his work area for any conventional activity. He demonstrated that any choice he makes with respect to the Bill would be dependent upon the result of the claim recorded against it in the High Court.

"I figure it will fill little need to go, at this stage, into the subtleties of the beginning of this proposed regulation, which is yet to arrive at my work area. Yet, to say the least, I have discovered that, today, a test has been mounted at the High Court by a concerned resident to the legality of the proposed regulation," the President added.

This assertion comes in the midst of both homegrown and worldwide examination following the section of the dubious regulation. On February 28, 2024, Parliament supported a bill condemning LGBTQ exercises and denying their advancement, backing, and financing. Under the regulation, people indicted for such demonstrations could be condemned to a half year to 3 years in jail, while those advancing or supporting such exercises could confront 3 to 5 years in the slammer.

The bill's entry has ignited analysis from different partners, including Virginia Evelyn Palmer, the Diplomat of the US to Ghana.


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