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AriseGhana to protest if Akufo-Addo delay in signing anti-gay bill


AriseGhana to protest if Akufo-Addo delay in signing anti-gay bill

AriseGhana, a leading civil advocacy group, has expressed concern over President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s hesitancy to approve the Human Rights and Family Values Bill recently passed by the Parliament of Ghana. The bill, which criminalizes LGBTQ activities and their promotion, advocacy, and funding, was passed on February 28, 2024.

Individuals found guilty could face a jail term of 6 months to 3 years, while promoters and sponsors of the act may face 3 to 5 years in prison. However, the bill has faced criticism from various stakeholders, including the US Ambassador to Ghana, Virginia Evelyn Palmer, who has threatened to withdraw business with Ghana if the bill becomes law.

In a statement on March 5, 2024, AriseGhana questioned the President’s actions, emphasizing the importance of upholding national values and addressing the LGBTQI+ issue. The group also criticized the government’s handling of financial matters, suggesting that concerns over potential aid loss due to the bill’s passage raise questions about revenue and loan management during the government’s tenure.

To pressure the government to enact the bill for the nation’s benefit and protect family values, AriseGhana announced plans to mobilize the public for advocacy, activism, and protest activities throughout March 2024. The group, led by Cmd Rex Omar, commended Parliament members and bill sponsors for their dedication to promoting values important to Ghanaians.





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