Amnesty International has urged Parliament to reject the Human Sexual and Family Values Bill, which would penalize LGBTQ people and is now being debated in the House.
The Country Director for Amnesty International, Genevieve Partington, stated on Starr Today with Joshua Kodjo Mensah on Wednesday that the law being considered by Ghana’s Parliament breaches human rights.
It’s important to understand other people’s perspectives and to allow those who support LGBTQ rights a chance to explain why this law should not be passed. Therefore, even though some people choose to speak candidly, I believe the conversation is healthy overall.
“However, with regard to amnesty, we firmly feel that this bill ought to be repealed in its entirety rather than passed. Because it blatantly breaches human rights, Parliament should not even consider it. I believe that the Parliamentarians ought to focus their attention on more important matters in Ghana, said Madam Partington.
There are areas without access to water and electricity, so she said, “Those are the issues we should be concentrating on, not the bill.”
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However, Andy Appiah Kubi, the member of parliament for Asante Akyem North, asserted that President Akufo-Addo would be forced to sign the LGBTQ Bill if it were to pass.
The MP asserts that the Constitution forbids President Akufo-Addo from refusing to sign the Human Sexual and Family Values Bill into law after it has been approved by parliament.
“The whole of Ghana is unanimous in rejecting such an encouragement to engage in LGBTQ behavior, leaving the President with little choice, including the clergy, civil society, and even the Muslim community.
“He is left with no choice than to accent the bill. The President would support the Bill becoming law, I am certain and hopeful, the congressman told Starr News.
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