UK Parliament invites Ghana MPs over the anti-LGBTQ+ bill
Kwame Anyimadu-Antwi, the Chairman of Ghana’s Parliament’s Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee, has said that the UK Parliament has asked members of the committee to a meeting to discuss the anti-gay bill.
Members of the committee will depart Kotoka International Airport (KIA) today, Sunday, June 12, 2022, and meet with the UK Parliament on Monday, June 13, 2022, according to him.
“The invitation came to the Speaker and the Speaker forwarded it to the Committee. Four committee members, including myself and the ranking member, will attend this important meeting. We take off on Sunday, we were supposed to have gone today but because of flight arrangement we will go on Sunday so we walk into the meeting Monday morning and by Wednesday we are done,” he told TV3.
This comes after some MPs proposed criminalizing the advocacy of LGBTQ+ rights, a move prompted by the closure of a community center for sexual minorities in the face of strong resistance from politicians and religious groups.
Sam George of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), who represents Ningo-Prampram, said he and seven other MPs thought their private members’ bill prohibiting LGBTQ+ activism would be carried.
The anti-LGBTQI+ bill aims to criminalize homosexual behavior in Ghana, as well as any sort of support for homosexuals.
The bill also threatens LGBTQI people’s very existence, putting them in a position where they are constantly subjected to state-sanctioned physical and psychological assault.
Ghanaians are also compelled to police gender and sexuality in their families, jobs, and daily life.