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Speaker: MPs’ votes on anti-LGBTQ+ bill will be public

To encourage transparency and inclusion, Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin has requested that committee meetings, discussions, and votes on the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021 (anti-LGBTQ+ bill) be made public.

On Tuesday (26 October), Bagbin welcomed MPs back from recess to begin the third meeting of the first session of the eighth Parliament, promising that all stakeholders and interested parties will be given the opportunity to express their views on the law.

“The Ghanaian Parliament is capable of dealing with the matter. I will guarantee the residents of this country that we will establish an environment that allows everyone to express their opinions.

Bagbin stated, “At the end of the day, the House processes will determine the conclusion.” “And once that’s done, I’m confident that the law that emerges would defend our people’s culture and values, as well as the Ghanaian identity.”

“that takes into account the depths of common sense, human decency and morality, reality, and logic “Finally, it is a law that will bring about change in this country. Allow all interested parties to take part in the House’s discussions “he explained.

He added: “I know Ghanaians are expectant and I know we’ve over 100 petitions before the committee of constitutional, legal, and parliamentary affairs.

It’s not only Africa but the whole world is looking for the outcome of this bill, so we’ll not just allow people to come and delay the process. We’ll make the process public and the decision of this House will be public. We’ll want to know where each Member of Parliament stands.”

Violation of human rights

The anti-gay bill before Parliament has been rejected by a group of 18 renowned Ghanaians, who believe it is a “impermissible violation of the inviolability and human dignity” of the LGBTQI community.

The anti-LGBTQI Bill received its first reading in Parliament on August 2, 2021, and its examination is anticipated to resume in November 2021.

It was started by a group of six MPs, led by opposition MP Sam George. In Ghana, the new law aims to make lesbianism and sex between men illegal.

The group of prominent citizens, led by the renowned legal practitioner Akoto Ampaw, said the anti-LGBTQI Bill “violates all the fundamental freedoms guaranteed by the 1992 constitution”. The group said that, if passed into law, the proposed legislation would send Ghana to a dark age of lawlessness.

“The bill violates virtually all the key fundamental freedoms guaranteed under the constitution, namely the right to freedom of speech and expression, the right to assemble, freedom of association and the right to organise, the right to freedom from discrimination and the right to human dignity,” Ampaw said at a press conference on Monday (4 October).

Source|osimpamfm.com|Richard Owusu Tawiah

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