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Ghana: We’ll not allow homosexuality – Speaker

Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Ocquaye

The Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Ocquaye has categorically stated that Ghana will not consider changing laws that allows homosexuality and makes the practice legal.

According to the Speaker  recognizing the rights of homosexuals could lead to bestiality and incest being recognized in future.

The Speaker made the comments when Human Rights group, Amnesty International paid a courtesy call on him at Parliament on Tuesday.

Amnesty International has been angling for Ghana – one of the countries in Africa that does not recognize any form of homosexuality – to respect the rights of homosexuals and decriminalize the law which makes the practice illegal.

“Is amnesty International going to tell us that many countries are doing that so you too have to accept homosexuality, to accept bestiality because [it] is also becoming a human right in some countries.

“The right for a human being to sleep with an animal is also becoming a human right and we are tired with some of these things and we must be frank about it,” Professor Ocqauye said.

The Speaker noted that on the issue of human rights, if care is not taken, Amnesty International will make another future request for the country to accept homosexuality since it is an acceptable practice in some countries.

He said: “The way human rights conceptualisations are going these days, if we don’t take care, before we realise very soon everything has become human rights, even the right to have sex with animals…following what Tony Blair said, regarding which I personally wrote him a letter that if we did not go the homosexual way it was going to affect their aid to us. Honestly, in view of this, we Africans should have a concern about certain things that may appear merely intellectual but it becomes very practical. Is Amnesty International going to tell us many countries are doing that so you too now have to do homosexuality? You too have to do bestiality because it’s becoming a human rights issue in some countries and the right to do homosexuality is also becoming a human right? The right for a human being to sleep with an animal is becoming a human right. We are tired of some of these things and we must be frank about it. …I think these matters need to be seriously interrogated and then you may appreciate the thing more, but let me add that clemency is not coterminous with a right as we speak. This is one aspect of the jurisprudence that must also be clearly noted,” he said.

With the exception of South Africa, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights in Africa are very limited in comparison to many other areas of the world.

Homosexuality is found throughout the African continent but out of the 55 states recognised by the African Union, the International Gay and Lesbian Association stated in 2015 that homosexuality is outlawed in 34 African countries.

Source: Van Kuku / parliamentafrica.com

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