23 July 2011
It has been reported that Ghana's Western Regional Minister has ordered all gays to be arrested and called on other Ghanians to "inform" on suspected homosexuals.
This disgusting action is just one more example of the danger and discrimination faced by same-sex oriented people in some countries, with such attitudes commonly perpetuated by religious groups (in this case Christians and Muslims). Atheist Alliance International supports full equality for same-sex oriented people - there is no rational basis for discriminating against people simply on the basis of their sexual orientation, just as there is no basis for discriminating against people simply on the basis of their gender, race, ethnicity or other physical characteristics.
Ghana's Western Regional Minister Orders All Gays Arrested
Ghana's Western Regional Minister Paul Evans Aidoo MP has ordered all gays to be rounded-up and arrested, the Sydney Star Observer reports:
Ghana Aidooo has tasked Ghana’s Bureau of National Investigations and security forces to round up the country’s gay population and has called on landlords and tenants to inform on people they suspect of being homosexuals.
“All efforts are being made to get rid of these people in the society,” he said.
The move by the Minister follows months of campaigning by the Christian Council of Ghana which last week called on Ghanaians not to vote for any politician who believes in the rights of homosexuals.
Muslims and Christians in the Western Region have been staging protests ever since a local media report claimed there were around 8000 homosexuals and lesbians in the district.