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Are Human Rights Across The African Continent Falling Like Dominoes-A Case of Ghana.

In recent days, the eyes of the global LGBTQ+ community have turned towards Ghana, as its parliament is debating a controversial anti-homosexuality law. As of today, Wednesday 21st February, the Minority Caucus in the Ghanaian Parliament has warned that it will not tolerate any further attempts to delay the approval of the anti-LGBTQ Bill. Ghana, known for its rich cultural heritage and warm hospitality, has taken a step that contradicts the principles of equality and inclusivity.

The consideration of an anti-homosexuality law by the Ghanaian parliament is a disheartening setback for the LGBTQ+ community not only in Ghana but across the continent.
The legislation, which criminalizes same-sex relationships and imposes harsh penalties, including prison sentences that have been suggested be amended to community service and conversion therapy that is being vaguely labeled as ‘counseling’ reflects a troubling trend that undermines the principles of human rights and dignity. Kuchu Times Media Group stands in solidarity with our Ghanaian siblings, urging a reconsideration of this regressive legislation.

Uganda, still grappling with the effects of the Anti Homosexuality Act, 2023 that was passed over 250 days ago. We have witnessed first hand what anti rights legislation can do to marginalized communities from physical attacks to homelessness to unemployment and so on.
The passing of a similar law in Ghana could serve as a catalyst for regressive forces within the rest of Africa, igniting debates on the criminalisation of consensual adult same-sex relationships in other countries.

The developments in Ghana are not isolated, as neighboring Kenya contemplates amendments to its Family Law Act with an introduction of the Family Protection Bill, 2023 that was drafted by Hon. Peter Kaluma. This bill describes family as, “the natural and fundamental unit of society comprising persons united by ties of marriage between man and woman; by ties of blood or ties of adoption; interacting with each other in their respective social positions as spouses, parents, children or siblings.” Clauses 4, 5, 6,8,10 and 14 directly put a target on the LGBTQ+ community. If enacted, this legislation could further marginalise and stigmatise the LGBTQ+ community in Kenya.

As Kuchu Times Media group, we implore all African leaders to do the right thing and set a new course of history as far as issues of human rights are concerned. Sticking to colonial era laws that had no regard for the African culture only continues to hurt the African citizens you are called to protect. The consequences of such laws go beyond legal implications, affecting the mental and emotional well-being of LGBTQ+ individuals and perpetuating a culture of discrimination.

In the face of these challenges, it is imperative for the LGBTQ+ community and its allies across Africa to unite in resistance against regressive laws. The Pan-African spirit should be a force that promotes understanding, tolerance, and acceptance, rather than one that fosters discrimination and exclusion.

One of the most potent tools in dismantling stereotypes and prejudices is education. It is incumbent upon us to engage in open and informed conversations about LGBTQ+ issues, dispelling myths and fostering a more accepting society. By sharing personal stories and highlighting the humanity of LGBTQ+ individuals, we can challenge the misconceptions that fuel discriminatory laws.

The fight for LGBTQ+ rights is not confined to national borders; it is a global struggle. We call upon the international community, human rights organizations, and fellow African nations to stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ community in Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, and beyond. The pressure to repeal discriminatory laws must come from both within and outside the affected nations.

At Kuchu times Media Group, we remain committed to advocating for the rights and dignity of the LGBTQ+ community across the continent. The recent developments in Ghana and Kenya serve as stark reminders that progress is not guaranteed and that the fight for equality is ongoing.
Let us draw strength from the resilience of those who have come before us and stand united in the face of adversity. Together, we can create a more inclusive and accepting Africa, where diversity is celebrated, and the rights of all individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation, are respected and protected.