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Ghana’s Anti LGBT Bill Described As A ‘Recipe for Violence’ By UN Human Rights Experts

A panel of United Nations human rights experts have descended on Ghana’s Anti LGBT Bill, calling it a ‘recipe for violence’ against Ghana’s already marginalized LBGT community.

The expert panel put together by the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner (OHCHR) deliberated over the Private Member’s Bill introduced by Sam George and other legislators titled the Promotion of Proper Human S*xual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill.

The bill is a draconian measure which doesn’t only seek to jail homos*xuals but also those who ally against them.

It effectively makes illegal any action or statement seeking to show any sympathy for the LGBT community.

The panel predictably excoriated the bill since it is a piece of garbage anyway – any person who looks at it with any legal, moral or empathetic eye would describe it in such terms as the panel did.

“The draft legislation argues that any person who deviates from an arbitrary standard of s*xual orientation or gender identity is immediately to be considered dangerous, sick or anti-social,” said the experts. “Such laws are a textbook example of discrimination.

They added: “The proposed law promotes deeply harmful practices that amount to ill-treatment and are conducive to torture, such as so-called ‘conversion therapy’ and other heinous violations like unnecessary medical procedures on interest*x children, and so-called corrective rape for women,”

The experts are described as ‘independent experts’ by the UN and were commissioned by the OHCHR to analyse the bill. They have presented their findings to the government of Ghana.

They also particularly railed against the nonsensical stance taken by the bill that even discussing or showing any support for the LGBT community is a jailable offence. They pointed out that it is an insult to freedom of speech and association to make such a provision into law.

“The consideration of this legislation is deeply perplexing in a country that has been regarded as a champion of democracy in Africa, with an impressive record of achieving certain Millennium Development Goals by 2015,” they said.

“The draft legislation appears to be the result of a deep loathing toward the LGBTI community. It will not only criminalise LGBTI people, but anyone who supports their human rights, shows sympathy to them or is even remotely associated with them.

“Given that LGBTI people are present in every family and every community it is not very difficult to imagine how, if it were to be adopted, this legislation could create a recipe for conflict and violence,”  it concluded.

Source: GhanaCelebrities.Com



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