Monday, 17 June

LGBTQI+: Death sentence for gays in Uganda

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The Ugandan Parliament has passed a law that pronounces death sentences on people caught in aggravated homosexual activities in that country.

Ghana through a private members' bill in Parliament has propounded a bill on Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values which is set to be laid before Parliament by the end of March this year. 

This was revealed by a proponent and sponsor of the bill and Member of Parliament (MP) for the Prampram Constituency in the Greater Accra Region, Sam Nartey George.

His revelation comes after the committee on Monday, 27 March 2023, held a closed-door hearing with the State Attorney on his Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) raising some human rights challenges with the bill.

However, speaking to the press in Parliament today, February 23, 2023, Sam George indicated that the Attorney General is now in full support of the bill as many of the issues he raised have already been taken care of.

He further said that the committee has done a yeoman’s job as the landmark bill is almost ready to be laid before the plenary by the close of March this year.

President Akufo-Addo at a joint press conference with US Vice President Kamala Harris at the Jubilee House in Accra on Monday, 27 March 2023, told international journalists who enquired of the bill that: "My understanding with the recent discussion I had with the chairman of the committee is that substantial elements of the bill have already been modified".

“The statement that there is legislation to that effect is not accurate,” Mr Akufo-Addo corrected the New York Times reporter.

He then clarified: “The legislation is a legislation that is being proposed as a private members' bill", stressing: "This is not an official legislation of the government but it is being mooted by a handful of private members".

The Parliament of Uganda has unanimously considered and passed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2023 with a maximum penalty of death sentence and imprisonment for other offences as shown below:

Source: Mensah