Alex Kofi Donkor, who heads the middle named ‘LGBT+ Rights Ghana’ within the nation’s capital, Accra, advised CNN Thursday that he’s now involved for his security after the raid.
“I simply contacted our attorneys, there may be an unsafe scenario proper now, and I must go offline,” Donkor advised CNN.
The neighborhood heart — which opened on January 31 in a ceremony attended by a delegation of the European Union and different overseas embassies — confronted opposition from the beginning and attracted numerous anger amongst locals who referred to as for it to be closed down.
Ghana proscribes same-sex relationships and intolerance and violence towards lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, and transgender folks has remained rife amongst Ghana’s inhabitants, Human Rights Watch mentioned.
Being in a same-sex relationship in Ghana’s LGBT can appeal to between three to 25 years in jail, in keeping with the nation’s penal code.
A spokesman for Ghana Police Service declined to touch upon the shutdown of the not-for-profit heart, described as a motion “championing the struggle for freedom for LGBT+ individuals in Ghana.”
Though short-lived, the middle would stay in “hearts and minds,” Donkor posted on his social media web page.
“We anticipated this,” he posted. “We’ll triumph. The police might have raided our workplace and closed it down however the actual workplace is in our hearts, and minds.”
The nation is one among greater than 30 international locations in Africa the place same-sex relationships are towards the legislation, in keeping with the Worldwide Lesbian, Homosexual, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Affiliation (ILGA).
Ghana’s minister-designate for Gender, Youngsters and Social Safety, Sarah Adwoa Sarfo, mentioned in a video throughout her affirmation listening to on February 17 that Ghanaian legal guidelines towards same-sex relationships usually are not up for debate when requested her stance on social safety for non-heterosexual folks.
“The problem of LGBT is a matter that when talked about creates some controversy, however what I wish to say is that our legal guidelines are clear on such practices. It makes it felony…to have unnatural carnal data with one other individual,” Sarfo mentioned within the video.
“On the problem of its criminality, it’s non-negotiable, on the problem of cultural acceptance and norms, these practices are additionally frowned upon. For me, these are two distinct readability on the matter and that is what I strongly stand for,” she added.
Earlier this month, President Joe Biden directed United States overseas departments and companies to “promote and defend the human rights of lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, and transgender individuals in every single place.”
President Biden sought to decriminalize LGBTQI+ standing abroad in a memo issued on February 4 the place he threatened wide-ranging sanctions towards international locations the place homosexual rights are suppressed.
“When overseas governments transfer to limit the rights of LGBTQI+ individuals or fail to implement authorized protections in place, thereby contributing to a local weather of intolerance, companies engaged overseas shall contemplate acceptable responses, together with utilizing the total vary of diplomatic and help instruments and, as acceptable, monetary sanctions, visa restrictions, and different actions,” the presidential memo mentioned.
Nevertheless, Ghana responded by responding that the nation’s legal guidelines are supreme, and laws criminalizing homosexual sexual actions would stay in place.