Ghana's President Says Government Will Not Decriminalise Homosexuality

Published: August 29, 2011

According to the Ghana News Agency, President John Evans Atta Mills remarked that the government would not decriminalise homosexuality and LGBTI persons should "stop the practice." The President made his remarks at a festival with the theme, “Promoting Our Cultural Heritage to Eradicate Social Vices.” He characterised homosexuality as "dehumanizing" and "inimical to the fundamental human rights of people."

    President John Evans Atta Mills has stated that the Government would not legalize the practice of homosexuality and lesbianism in the country.

    The President said the Government would not encourage anything that goes against the culture of the country and cautioned homosexuals and lesbians to stop the practice.

    President Mills made the statement in a speech read for him by Mr Alexander Asum-Ahensah, Minister for Culture and Chieftaincy Affairs at a durbar to mark the celebration of the Odambea Festival of the people of Nkusukum Traditional Area at Saltpond at the weekend.

    The theme for the festival was, “Promoting Our Cultural Heritage to Eradicate Social Vices”.

    President Mills said the theme was very appropriate considering the prevailing moral decline in the Ghanaian society today.

    He said it was often said that when people lost their culture they had lost their identity.

    “Our moral values are greatly threatened by our desperate pursuit of materialism as a measure of progress in society; as caution is thrown to the wind as we go to great length to do anything to achieve and satisfy these wanton desires”, he said.

    He said drug abuse, armed robbery, child prostitution, homosexuality, lesbianism as well as rape, defilement and other sex-related crimes were on the increase to day, attesting to the high rate of immorality prevalent in the society.

    President Mills called on Nananom, as custodians of the nation’s rich cultural values to work closely with other opinion leaders in their traditional areas and partner the State institutions responsible for youth development to evolve strategies to address those social vices in the society.

    He urged them to discard any form of obsolete and dehumanizing customary practices which were inimical to the fundamental human rights and self development of the people.

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