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Prosecute those behind LGBTQI office in Ghana, says Pentecostal Council

The Council wants authorities to immediately arrest and prosecute individuals or groups behind the new LGBTQI office

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  • "Close down without delay the alleged LGBTQI office in Ghana and immediately arrest and prosecute the individuals or groups behind the alleged opening of this new office in Ghana for breach of the law and potential threat to peace."

The Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC) is demanding for the immediate arrest and prosecution of persons behind the new Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender and Queer Intersex (LGBTQI) community office in the country.

It also wants all diplomats who allegedly took part in the opening of the LGBTQI office in Ghana to be summoned to explain their actions since Ghana’s laws frown on such activities.

A statement issued and signed by the president of GPCC Rev Prof Paul Frimpong-Manso said government must not yield to endorsing the activities of LGBTQI because it is a potential threat to peace.

“Close down without delay the alleged LGBTQI office in Ghana and immediately arrest and prosecute the individuals or groups behind the alleged opening of this new office in Ghana for breach of the law and potential threat to peace.

“Summon all foreign diplomats who allegedly participated in the opening of the LGBTQI offices in Ghana to explain their violation of the sovereignty of Ghana,” the Council said in a statement.

Below is the full statement

Close LGBTQI Office

Meanwhile, the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference has also called for the immediate closure of the newly opened community centre for LGBTQI campaigners in Accra.

The Conference also wants President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to state the government’s position on homosexuality.

It further advised the executive and legislative arms of government not to yield to any pressure to legalise the rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals or transgender people in Ghana.

A statement issued by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference and signed by its president, Most Reverend Philip Naameh, said although the Church condemns the practice of homosexuality, it believes that gay people should not be subjected to any harassment simply because of their sexual preference.

EU support

On Wednesday the European Union in Ghana commended the country for respecting the rights of LGBT people.

It further pledged support for civil society groups which will promote the rights of homosexuals in Ghana.

The EU statement has provoked a backlash by the public. Many Ghanaians have called for the closure of the newly opened LGBT office in the capital, Accra.

Fred Dzakpata

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