Explainer: what makes Ghana’s anti-gay bill so extreme?


Same-sex “conduct” is already illegal in Ghana, but MPs introduced a sweeping new anti-LGBTQ+ draft bill a year ago that would fully criminalisie LGBTQ+ people, along with rights groups and anyone coming out in their support. It comes amid an outcry around the very existence of LGBTQ+ people in the west African country, and any advocacy on their behalf. The bill is under review by a parliamentary committee and may yet be amended. If passed in its current form, rights groups say it could spark a witch-hunt of sexual minorities, advocacy groups and “allies”, forcing the public to report on their activities.

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