George Bernard Shaw, a private attorney, has filed a lawsuit against the LGBTQI + law in the Supreme Court in an effort to challenge the LGBTQI + law that has now become a national issue.
In his opinion, the passage of the law violates fundamental human rights enshrined in the constitution and the treaties signed by the government of Ghana.
Speaking at Accra-based Citi FM, he said, “The bill violates fundamental human rights as Ghana has signed many international conventions and treaties that prohibit discrimination. People confuse morality with right. If you identify as gay you are likely or prone to be imprisoned, and for me, who is a human rights activist, I may be imprisoned for promoting, advocating and promoting, or even explaining why. As I do now, when the law is passed, I can be imprisoned and that shouldn’t happen in a democratic dispensation. “
The bill entitled “The Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021” was presented to the Ghanaian parliament in June.
The Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights Act and Ghanaian Family Values Act of 2021 aims to criminalize lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI +) activities in the country.
If the law is passed, people of the same sex who engage in sexual activities can be fined or sentenced to three to five years’ imprisonment.
The law would also make it a crime to be LGBTQ – it would be punished with five years in prison if anyone identified as lesbian, gay, transgender, transsexual, queer, pansexual, or non-binary (someone who does not identify) identified as male or female).
The bill threatens the existence of LGBTQI people, which means that they will be constantly exposed to physical and psychological violence, which is supported by the state.
Should the law pass by parliament, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo could either sign it or veto it.
The international community and human rights defenders have broadly condemned the bill that some MPs put before parliament.