Following increasing calls for the closure of an office space opened in Accra to champion the rights and activities of Lesbians, Gay, Bis3xuals, Transgender, and Queer Individuals (LGBTQI) in the country, emerging reports suggest that President Nana Akufo-Addo has ordered the immediate closure of the office space.
According to Mr. Moses Foh-Amoaning, the Executive Secretary of the National Coalition for Proper Human S3xual Rights and Family Values, the President has always been against the legalization of LGBTQIA and its related activities and has in the past declared his stance on the issue.
He said President Akufo-Addo has directed the closure of LGBTQIA offices in Accra, plain and simple.’
Not long ago, reports were rife on the media scene, after a group believed to champion the rights of LGBTQI people established and commissioned an office space in Accra.
This sparked a spiral of public outcry and an increased call for the closure of the office space and clamping down of their activities.
In reaction to this, the Director of LGBTQI Rights in Ghana, Alex Kofi Donkor has called on the citizenry to look at the issues relating to Lesbians, Gay, Bis3xulas, Transgender, and Queer Individuals through the lens of human rights.
He explained that persons identified as LGBTQI were verbally and physically attacked in the country.
This, he said, must stop because they have fundamental human rights that must be respected and protected by society.
Making a strong argument in favour of the establishment of LGBTQI office in Ghana he said “We created an office space where we talk about issues which affect us as community and ways in which we can resolve the issues.
“Let me quickly say in this country a lot of times we do experience a lot of violence and abuse that are perpetuated towards people who are identified as LGBTQI or people who are perceived as LGBTQI persons.
When this violence are perpetrated against such people it goes unattended to, people do that with impunity.”
By: Edwin Abanga