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All 275 MPs support the passing of the anti-LGBTQ Bill

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All 275 MPs support the passing of the anti-LGBTQ Bill

The passing of the anti-LGBTQ Bill presently before the House has received unanimous support from all 275 Members of Parliament.

Since its debut in 2021, politicians and stakeholders have spent months debating and ratifying the 36-page agreement.

The contentious measure has already been subjected to a number of judicial challenges, the most recent of which was announced on Tuesday, July 4, 2023.

However, in allowing the bill’s laying and following discussion prior to consideration, Speaker Alban Bagbin stated that it is apparent that no lawmaker is opposed to the passing of the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill, 2022.

“With the submissions just made by the Honorable Andy Appiah Kubi that all the 275 are in support of the bill, anybody who disagrees be on your feet and I will recognize you.

“Honorable members, since all members are in support of the bill, I am definitely not going to gag the House. I will give you the opportunity to expand and improve further the submissions made so that at the consideration stage, it will be enriched by your contributions.”

“But I just want us to be clear that none is against the bill,” he stressed.

Speaker Alban Bagbin added that “In view of the numbers, I am tempted to give some time limits for the debates so that we can give opportunity to everybody to make a contribution. At the end of the day, your report is already in the public domain.”

In the meanwhile, Parliament’s Constitutional and Legal Affairs Committee has recommended that the House enact the contentious Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill, 2021.

The majority of Ghanaians, according to the Committee, support the law.

While recognising that the measure raised “significant human rights concerns,” the Committee informed the House that it had requested an opinion from the Attorney-General.

The 18-page paper, signed by the Committee’s Chairperson, Kwame Anyimadu-Antwi, has been submitted to the Committee’s revisions.

Mr Anyimadu-Antwi stated that the decision was made after consulting with the Attorney General.

Background

The contentious LGBT law was introduced as a private member’s bill to Speaker Alban Bagbin on Tuesday, June 29, 2021. It is being led by eight MPs.

Proponents want gay promotion, advocacy, financing, and activities to be criminalised in the country.

Despite the fact that the Bill is in Parliament, the LGBTQ+ debate was revived during US Vice President Kamala Harris’ visit to Ghana.

In her presentation to the gathering, Madam Harris stated, “I feel very strongly about the importance of supporting freedom and fighting for equality among all people, and that all people be treated equally.”

“I will also say that this is an issue that we consider, and I consider to be a human rights issue, and that will not change.”

Despite the fact that she did not address the issue directly in Ghana’s Parliament, several Ghanaians took offence and replied to her.

Among others who replied to her was Ghana’s Speaker of Parliament, who called her remarks “undemocratic” and said they “should not be tolerated.”

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Hopeson Adorye granted GH¢20,000 bail

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Yaw Buaben Asamoa, a senior player in the Movement for Change, believes Adorye's detention was politically motivated.

The Dansoman court granted Hopeson Adorye, a senior activist in the Movement for Change, bail of GH¢20,000 with two sureties.

The ruling came after Adorye’s detention and subsequent court appearance on May 23, 2024.

Adorye was detained after making statements on an Accra-based radio station that has now gone viral, claiming that dynamite exploded in the Volta Region during the 2016 General Election.

Yaw Buaben Asamoa, a senior player in the Movement for Change, believes Adorye’s detention was politically motivated.

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Handcuffed Hopeson Adorye clashes with police

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The police apprehended him on Wednesday after he claimed to have ignited explosives in the Volta Region during the 2016 general elections. Mr. Adorye made the remark during a radio broadcast in Accra, and it has since gone viral. In an interview with Joy FM, Yaw Buaben Asamoa, a former Member of Parliament for Adenta and current member of the Movement for Change, stated that the arrest is politically motivated.

Hopeson Adorye, a key member of the Movement for Change who has been detained, had a verbal altercation with a police officer as he was being led out of the police headquarters on Wednesday, May 22.

He attempted to talk with his lawyer, Ken Kuranchie while being put into a police car, but the officer interrupted and instructed him to proceed rapidly inside the car.

It was at this moment that he yelled to the police officer, “I’m talking to my lawyer, please, and you’re obstructing me. What is the significance of that? Are you the sole police officer?

The police apprehended him on Wednesday after he claimed to have ignited explosives in the Volta Region during the 2016 general elections.

Mr Adorye remarked during a radio broadcast in Accra, and it has since gone viral.

In an interview with Joy FM, Yaw Buaben Asamoa, a former Member of Parliament for Adenta and current member of the Movement for Change, stated that the arrest is politically motivated.

He stated, “Hopeson Adorye is not about to flee Ghana or his house since the police aim to prosecute him with the dissemination of fake information.

“So, to go to the extent of keeping him all day in the police station and bringing him over to the Ministries to detain him, you point fingers backward at yourself that there is something political at play and it’s not fair,” he said.

“This is obviously politically motivated, there is no doubt about that,” he said.

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Buaben Asamoa claims Hopeson Adorye’s detention politically motivated

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He further alleged that he followed Mr. Adorye to the police headquarters, where he was requested to submit a statement and spent the entire day. However, about 6 p.m., they were informed that Mr. Adorye would be held until additional instructions from upstairs. Mr. Buaben Asamoa believes Adorye's detention is politically motivated, claiming that the police are awaiting orders from higher, hinting that the arrest is not simply a police decision. He also feels Adorye's detention is an attempt to intimidate the Movement for Change and quiet Adorye, who has been public about his views.

Yaw Buaben Asamoa, a member of the Movement for Change and former Member of Parliament for the Adentan seat, has suggested that Hopeson Adorye’s detention is politically motivated.

Police detained Hopeson Adorye, a major member of the Movement for Change, after he claimed to have exploded dynamites in the Volta Region during the 2016 General Elections.

Mr Adorye remarked during a radio broadcast in Accra, and it has since gone viral.

In an interview with Citi News, Mr. Buaben Asamoa said that Mr. Adorye was summoned to the police headquarters on Wednesday and thereafter held.

He further alleged that he followed Mr Adorye to the police headquarters, where he was requested to submit a statement and spent the entire day.

However, at about 6 p.m., they were informed that Mr. Adorye would be held until additional instructions from upstairs.

Mr Buaben Asamoa believes Adorye’s detention is politically motivated, claiming that the police are awaiting orders from higher, hinting that the arrest is not simply a police decision.

He also feels Adorye’s detention is an attempt to intimidate the Movement for Change and quiet Adorye, who has been public about his views.

“Because Hopson has been up and running, and some folks are feeling a bit tense and Jiffy about some of the things he has said. And this is the method of muscling him, attempting to scare the movement for change; it will not succeed. “I am convinced that it is politically motivated.”

Mr. Adorye is now in detention and scheduled to appear in court on Thursday. He has not yet been charged with a crime, but authorities are looking into the dissemination of incorrect information.

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