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A month ago

U.S. EXPRESSES DEEP CONCERN OVER GHANA'S ANTI-GAY BILL, WARNING OF POTENTIAL ECONOMIC IMPACT

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A month ago

The United States has raised concerns regarding the recent approval of the Promotion of Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill, commonly known as the anti-gay bill, by the Parliament of Ghana. The bill proposes a six-month to three-year jail term for individuals engaged in homosexual activities. In contrast, those promoting or sponsoring such activities could face imprisonment for three to five years.


In response to the bill's passage, the US expressed deep apprehension, referring to it as a threat to constitutional freedoms. A press statement from the US State Department spokesperson, Matthew Miller, conveyed the nation's distress, emphasizing the potential impact on Ghanaians' constitutionally protected speech, press, and assembly rights.


The bill, as outlined, not only criminalizes individuals identifying as LGBTQI+ but also imposes penalties on friends, family, or community members who fail to report such individuals. The US contends that restricting the rights of one group within a society undermines the rights of all citizens. The statement aligns with the voices of concerned Ghanaians who advocate for a thorough review of the bill's constitutionality to safeguard the rights of all individuals in Ghana.


Furthermore, the US called for a comprehensive examination of the bill's constitutionality, highlighting its potential adverse effects on Ghana's public health, media, civic spaces, and economy. International business coalitions have already expressed concerns, asserting that discrimination based on sexual orientation in Ghana could adversely impact business and hinder economic growth.

The statement from the US emphasized that Ghana's long-standing tradition of tolerance, peace, and respect for human rights has been a model for other nations. It argued that the legislation contradicts these values and threatens Ghana's stability and prosperity if enacted into law.