General News Mon, 29 Nov 2021

Public hearing on anti-LGBTQ+ bill resumes today

• 8 MPs want LGBTQ+ acts criminalized

• Renowned activists and academics want parliament to reject ‘undemocratic’ anti-LGBTQ+ Bill

Parliament receives over 100 memoranda on LGBTQ+ bill

The Constitutional, Legal, and Parliamentary Affairs Committee of Parliament will today continue a series of public hearings on the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021 also known as the LGBTQ+ bill.

This comes after the suspension of the first hearing on Thursday, November 11, 2021, due to time constraints.

Speaking to Citi News, Chairman of the Committee, Kwame Anyimadu, said eight persons or organizations will appear before the Committee today, Monday, November 29, 2021.

He added that participants will be given 15-20 minutes to do their presentation and then questions for clarification will be asked.

“The number of memoranda that we have received are many but we are envisaging eight or nine persons or organizations to appear before us today, Monday. We have read the memoranda that they submitted so they will be given some minutes to actually go through what they have submitted and then members will ask questions for clarification,” he explained.

Background LGBTQ+ bill

A team of 8 MPs led by Samuel Nartey George have jointly submitted a private bill to push for the criminalization of LGBTQI+ activities in the country.

The Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021 was laid in the House on Monday, August 2 and read for the first time.

Second Deputy Speaker, Andrew Asiamah Amoako, subsequently referred the Bill to the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Committee for consideration.

He urged the public to submit memoranda on the bill

It is based on this a group of 18 renowned lawyers, academics and other professionals sent a memorandum to parliament for the bill to be thrashed, stating that it violates the fundamental human right guaranteed in the constitution.

Ghanaians have, however, bashed them for their position against the bill but they have clarified that their call for the bill to be thrashed is based on the fact that it violates all the fundamental human rights in the constitution and not that they are in support of gayism and lesbianism.
Source: www.ghanaweb.com
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