Prosecute those behind LGBTQI office in Ghana, says Pentecostal Council

The Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council is demanding for the immediate arrest and prosecution of person’s behind the initiative to establish an office for  Lesbians, Gays Bisexuals, Transgender and Queer Intersex LGBTQI  in the country.

It also wants all foreign diplomats who allegedly took part in the opening of the LGBTI office in Ghana to be summoned to explain why they violated the sovereignty of Ghana.

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 which is a potential threat to peace.

The GPCC “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.”

It added “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.”

Below is the full statement

Close LGBTQI Office

The Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference has 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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