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Encyclopedia > LGBT rights in Ghana

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While Ghana is generally recognised as a tolerant and friendly society, the legal and social status of homosexuality remains controversial, due mainly to the conservative nature of Ghanaian society. Homosexuality refers to sexual interaction and / or romantic attraction between individuals of the same sex. ... This article deals with conservatism as a political philosophy. ...

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Legal position

Under Ghanaian law, male homosexual activity is officially illegal. Gay men can also be punished under provisions concerning assault and rape, only if "in public or with minor".


Criminal Code 1960- Chapter 6, Sexual Offences Article 105:

Whoever is guilty of unnatural carnal knowledge— (a) of any person without his consent, is guilty of first degree felony; (b) of any person with his consent, or of any animal, is guilty of a misdemeanor.[1]

The Constitution of Ghana guarantees the protection of all human rights for Ghanaian citizens "whatever his race, place of origin, political opinion, colour, religion, creed or gender", but does not mention sexuality.[2] Human rights are rights which some hold to be inalienable and belonging to all humans. ...


Protection based on sexual orientation in law

Ghanaian law does not allow for specific anti-discrimination treatment of defendants. Sexual orientation refers to the direction of an individuals sexuality, normally conceived of as falling into several significant categories based around the sex or gender that the individual finds attractive. ...


Recognition of same-sex couples

There is no legal recognition of same-sex couples under Ghanaian law. Same-sex marriage (also called gay marriage, marriage equality, and often just marriage by its proponents, and—usually by its opponents—homosexual marriage) refers to a marriage between individuals of the same gender (for other forms of same-sex unions that are different from marriages, see the articles...


Gay life in the country

Ghanaian law officially bans homosexuality in Ghana. In Accra, very few gay and gay-friendly bars can be found, and the gay scene in Accra is considerably less noticeable than in Western countries. In Ghana's other large cities, such as Kumasi and Tema, gay social life exists, but on a less noticeable level. In rural areas, homosexuality is generally not accepted and many rural Ghanaians do not accept that homosexuality exists. Homosexuality refers to sexual interaction and / or romantic attraction between individuals of the same sex. ... Accra, population 1,970,400 (2005), is the capital of Ghana. ... Kumasi is the capital city of the Ashanti region of Ghana. ... TEMA, or the Turkish Foundation for Combating Soil Erosion, for Reforestation and the Protection of Natural Habitats (Türkiye Erozyonla Mücadele Ağaçlandirma in Turkish) is a non-governmental organization founded on 11 September 1992 by Turkish businessmen Hayrettin Karaca and Nihat Gökyiğit. ...


The British newspaper Capital Gay reported on October 21, 1994, that a homosexual man from Ghana was granted temporary asylum in South Africa after persecution for his sexual orientation. October 21 is the 294th day of the year (295th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 71 days remaining. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... Power lines leading to a trash dump hover just overhead in El Carpio, a Nicaraguan refugee camp in Costa Rica Under international law, a refugee is a person who is outside his/her country of nationality or habitual residence; has a well-founded fear of persecution because of his/her...


According to an August 2004 Afrol News report, Prince MacDonald‚ the leader of the organisation for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transsexuals in Ghana, commented that "there are lots and lots of people in our prisons who have been caught by this unfriendly law." He said that the police beat and punish people who are found to be gays[3].


The website Gaydar hosts profiles of gay men from Ghana, suggesting that laws concerning homosexuality are not strictly enforced. Gaydar is a worldwide, profile-based dating website for gay and bisexual men, women, and couples who are at least 18 years old. ...


Lesbian and gay conference banned

On September 1, 2006, the Ghanian government banned[1] an LGBT rights conference that was scheduled to take place on September 4 at the Accra International Conference Centre and at a venue in the city of Koforidua. September 1 is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years). ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... September 4 is the 247th day of the year (248th in leap years). ... Koforidua is a city in the West African republic of Ghana. ...


The Information Minister Kwamena Bartels said: "Government would like to make it absolutely clear that it shall not permit the proposed conference anywhere in Ghana. Unnatural carnal knowledge is illegal under our criminal code. Homosexuality, lesbianism and bestiality are therefore offences under the laws of Ghana."


The Information Minister was reported to have said that the Interior Minister should investigate and punish those who had given initial permission to the organisers. The Interior Minister is a member of a Cabinet in a Government. ...


References

  1. ^  ILGA legal survey on gay rights in Ghana
  2. ^  Afrol News "Ghana's gays organise to fight British criminal law" August 19, 2004. Accessed March 3, 2006. <http://www.afrol.com/articles/13832>

External links

  • "Ghana" Behind the Mask, a website on gay and lesbian affairs in Africa. Accessed March 9, 2006. <http://www.mask.org.za/index.php?page=ghana>

 
 

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