Ghana’s President Vows No Action on Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill Until Supreme Court Rules on a Challenge to it

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03/07/2024

Ghana’s president said Tuesday his government will wait for a Supreme Court ruling before taking action on a bill that would further criminalize members of the LGBTQ+ community in the West African nation. President Nana Akufo-Addo said he sought to reassure the diplomatic community that Ghana would not be turning its back on its longstanding human rights record. Gay sex is illegal in Ghana, carrying a three-year prison sentence, but the new bill could imprison people for more than a decade for activities including public displays of affection and promotion and funding of LGBTQ+ activities. The president said a citizen mounted a constitutional challenge to the bill in court. The bill has sparked condemnation from rights groups and some in the international community who have been concerned about similar efforts by other African governments.

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