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Shirley Ayorkor Botchway speaks on LGBT+

Shirley Ayorkor Botchway speaks on LGBT+ 

Among the most endearing conversations that have characterized the ongoing vetting of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s nominees for various ministerial portfolios, is the one on Ghana’s stance on LGBTQ+ rights.

At least for the minister-nominees designated to ministries whose works directly involve the rights or otherwise of the sexuality or discussions on the rights of people of these sexual orientations, Members of Parliament (mostly those on the minority side of the House), have been bent on getting further clarity.

United States President, Joe Biden, recently launched a campaign to support LGBTQ+ people abroad, stating sanctions that countries yet to make laws that accommodate homosexuals could face.

The European Union in Ghana has also said it supports the promotion of LGBTQ rights by local civil society organizations in Ghana.

Some of the attendees at a fundraiser for the office included the Australian High Commissioner to Ghana, His Excellency Gregory Andrews; and Danish Ambassador Tom Nørring among some delegates from the EU.

But these have not in the least ruffled the feathers of our leaders on their stance, and this was clearly demonstrated through the answers that four ministers-designates gave during their vetting at Parliament’s Appointments Committee.

The four, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, minister-designate for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration said that Ghana’s laws clearly criminalize the practice. She stressed that Ghana is a sovereign country and has its own laws that its citizenry must abide by regardless of the relationship that exists between Ghana and other countries. She went on to say “Ghana is a sovereign country but as part of our foreign policy we engage countries all over the world; America is one of our strongest friends. But in this country, we have laws. And our laws work and must work.”

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