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Ghana minister orders arrest of all gays in Western Region

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  1. This is the time for the Commonwealth Secretariat to prove once and for all that they do su[pport human rights including LGBT rights …. Will they?

    1. Paddyswurds 21 Jul 2011, 11:18am

      ….
      ……they have been silent on abuses elsewhere in the Commonwealth, so there is little hope that they will do anything about Ghana.

      1. Have challenged them in an email which I have also sent to FCO, UK High Commission in Accra, Ghanaian High Commission in London, Ghanaian government, Stonewall, Peter Tatchell foundation and others. Be interesting to see their response – particularly given the secretary generals statement earlier this year “I have consistently made it clear publicly that we deplore hate crimes of any nature and the vilification and targeting of gay and lesbian people runs counter to the fundamental values of the Commonwealth, which include non-discrimination on any grounds.”

    2. Jock S. Trap 21 Jul 2011, 11:58am

      Agreed, it is time for the Commonwealth to make supporting Human Rights for all a priority.
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      It’s simply not good enough that these countries get away with such hatred, something they are more than happy to remind us of in there own history.

  2. Eddy - from 2007 21 Jul 2011, 11:23am

    “A minister in Ghana has reportedly ordered the arrest of all gays and lesbians in the country’s Western Region.”

    Well, PinkNews, has he or hasn’t he?

    This is what we need to know.

    This is what you need to research for us.

    1. jamestoronto 21 Jul 2011, 8:49pm

      Why does PinkNews HAVE to do the research? Is there something wrong with your computer that doesn’t allow you to search for Ghanian newspapers or, other sites, to find. Give the folks at PN a break. They are not here to provide free research for anyone. If you need to know so badly, then find it out for yourself. Would you ask a librarian to do all the research for a thesis?

      1. Eddy - from 2007 22 Jul 2011, 1:37pm

        James, Pink News considers ITSELF to be a disseminater of NEWS. A disseminater of news must therefore be discriminating.

        Have you heard of “journalism”? It involves research. Digging up the facts.

        Pink News does not consider itself a disseminater of rumours.

        If it did it ought to name itself “Pink Rumours”.

        Pink News is not a chat-group, nor is it Facebook. It purports to be a disseminator of reliable and worthy news of interest to LGBT people.

        1. Many journalists report unconfirmed stories.

          To be fair I did a google search and found multiple confirmations …

          This is a real and concerning story

  3. Jock S. Trap 21 Jul 2011, 11:51am

    Here we go again.
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    It really is time countries providing aid to these held these countries to account.
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    This is appalling. Brought before the courts for what? being themselves? Meanwhile genuine rapes, murders etc go uninvestigated.
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    Yet again War – fine but love should be punished.
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    Who would have thought we lived in the 21st century. It seems these deeply religious countries of which should know about hatred and genocide see fit force exactly that on others.
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    Disgusting and inhumane.

  4. End the aid. When they have to feed themselves, they’ll be too occupied with work to notice other people’s private lives.

    1. Either that or they’ll turn to scapegoating people for their misfortune. And guess who’ll be in the firing line when that happens?

      1. Yes, there is always that possibility when dealing with this small-minded worldview. Burn a gay and increase your crop yield. The lack of any real thought or compassion in the righteously superstitious makes me despair.

    2. Immediately stop the financial aid and other aid from other countries…. and arrest the ambassors and kick them out of the westerns civilised countries…. and also kick ghana out from the commonwealth..

      1. I fully agree, but sadly that may not happen and they will try to find a diplomatic solution to the dark thinking. I pray they do find a solution. Another Uganda.

        1. Durham Gooner 30 Jul 2011, 2:30pm

          You ‘pray’ they find a solution??!!! Trust me a ‘prayer’ is the last thing we need.

    3. PumpkinPie 22 Jul 2011, 6:34pm

      Why does nobody ever seem to realise that aid affects good people, too? And why does nobody ever seem to realise that the evil people enacting these vile laws are rich and powerful and will therefore be the LAST people to be affected by aid being cut?
      .
      Also, people in third world countries work harder than you could imagine, from much younger than any of us. You’re unbelievably ignorant if you think otherwise. If they don’t they die, simple as that. The reason they need aid is because they’re given nothing in return for their back-breaking labour.

  5. Third Reich, Church Witch-hunt, Holocaust… and the likes. Hopefully the world is now to a point where it will f***ing wake up BEFORE it happens to the gays too (well we have been persecuted and hunted down in various ways in the last few centuries, but not in such an organised manner)

    1. for your attention; the germans were in the 2 worldwar the first that locked up gay man in there concentration camps where they could be recognised by there rose triangle… ghana has maybe looking how germany that did.,..

  6. …”Rounding up the gays” ..where have I heard that before… probably on YESTERDAY channel. Time to stop Ghana’s £89 million in aid from the UK
    http://www.dfid.gov.uk/where-w​e-work/africa-west–central/gh​ana/

  7. Jock S. Trap 21 Jul 2011, 1:02pm

    Countries in Africa are facing a near catastrophe of starvation, hunger, malnutrition and death and yet countries like Ghana turn a blind eye and turn to the LGBTQ Community instead.
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    Typical.

  8. Does Ghana beg for money from the UK.
    How do we ensure that aid money to Ghana is stopped?

    1. Petition FCO and international development dept

  9. if people cannot be persecuted for their creed (with religion being mentioned separately), doesn’t that mean a gay person can pronounce they statement ‘I believe homosexuality is acceptable’ therefore offending against ones creed if he/she is arrested

    1. jamestoronto 21 Jul 2011, 7:07pm

      That might have some weight in a courtroom in a country where the government actually believes in, and abides by, its constitution or its constitutional traditions where the concept of the rule of law is held sacrosanct. The words “guarantees the protection of human rights regardless of race, place of origin, political opinion, colour, religion, creed or gender” (or some variant of it) are probably written into almost every constitution in the world. Written words are meaningless unless the practices of the government measures up to them. This legal challenge has “a snowball’s chance in hell” of winning.

  10. ‘We believe in the liberty of the individual under the law, in equal rights for all citizens regardless of gender, race, colour, creed or political belief, and in the individual’s inalienable right to participate by means of free and democratic political processes in framing the society in which he or she lives’
    That’s from the Harare Declaration, the criteria which all Commonwealth Nations must meet. No mention of LGBT rights BUT the meaning is clear. I have emailed Cameron and the Commonwealth Secretariat about, not just this, but continued abuses in the African Commonwealth nations. I’d urge you all to do the same. What’s the point in an organisation like that if they can’t condemn human rights abuses? It’s high time the Commonwealth- and our own Government- showed that homophobic violence and legislation is incompatible with a modern society.

    1. jamestoronto 21 Jul 2011, 7:11pm

      As above, meaningless words when measured against actual practices.

  11. arrest all Ghana’s ambassadors and stop all aid to this country of homophobic retards what next round up the poor

    1. Complete agree with this…. and no coin anymore to this country… and refuse visa for authorities from this country

    2. jamestoronto 21 Jul 2011, 7:28pm

      “Arrest all Ghana’s ambassadors” cannot be done. Diplomatic immunity shields all ambassadors and some of his/her officials from arrest or any other legal process. – from murder to traffic and parking violations. The most any government can do is ask for or demand that the offender return to his country. While I understand the emotion, our governments cannot fault any country for contravening the rule of law when they themselves are doing it.

    3. We have stopped aid to Malawi on human rights grounds – why cant we do the same in Ghana?

  12. Staircase2 21 Jul 2011, 5:32pm

    I’m really shocked by this – Ghana has always seemed the more sensible of the African nations.
    It beggars belief when it says: “Mr Aidoo also said that he did not believe estimates of 8,000 gays and lesbians living in the West Region.
    According to Joy News, he said: “I don’t believe it; nobody believes it. We do not see them.””
    If he doesn’t believe they’re there then why would he make the time to go looking for them and bring them to court?
    He doesn’t sound very bright….
    The question is: if Mr Aidoo isn’t bright enough – then who is? And why now?
    Who is pulling his strings? And why?

    1. I too had the impression Ghana was one of the more progressive and relaxed African nations. Does anyone know what’s brought this on so suddenly? Are they too susceptible to American evangelical missionaries or something?

      1. mmm… a minister doesn’t wake up one morning and decide to arrest 8,000 of his country’s citizens.

        There’s a story here that goes back to the US program to help educate and care for Ghana’s HIV victims.

        8,000 Ghanaians registered for the program which is funded by the USA. That is where the number comes from.

        Also, there is not enough focus here on the lobbying of christian and islamic religious nutters who are tormented by the number of gays in the country.

        It seems to me that this issue ought to be brought to the Supreme Court of Ghana so that the law that criminalizes homosexuality (and there is one) be struck from the Constitution once and for all.

        And it goes without saying that religious nutters should keep the fcuk out of politics in a democracy.

  13. God creates gay to be born on earth every day along with straights so they can love one another.

    1. Apparently God’s plans has backfired somewhat in this instance.

  14. Whenever you need a distraction from your daily miseries in Africa, here comes the idea of the gay invasion. Backwardness has its political advantages; you can summon phantom enemies out of the blue. And everyone seems to be happy, corruption untouched, religious wackos vindicated, the common brute emboldened.

  15. Clark Downes 21 Jul 2011, 7:38pm

    There are some vile African countries out there.

    I was brought up to feel sorry every time an African country was ( yet again ) in need, with the tired images of starving kids, civil war or raped women. Now I’ve learnt some people don’t deserve help, the U.K will help since there’s enough of them here and the straights would sooner ‘feed the world’ than preserve gay rights. As far as im concerned…let their LGBT claim asylum here and rest can be left to rot. How much aid have they had? How much more do they want? Its time they were left to fend for themselves and see how great their archaic lives live out

    1. PumpkinPie 22 Jul 2011, 6:39pm

      Really. You don’t think starving children and raped women deserve any help? Congrats on getting the “most despicable post” award – on a thread with Enoch in it, no less!
      .
      Honestly, what is with the rise in barbaric misanthropes and racists on this site recently? Or maybe it was always like this, but absence made me forget.

  16. jamestoronto 21 Jul 2011, 8:35pm

    Yet another country takes a big backwards towards the Stone Age. How does one seriously with a notion that homosexuality is a MYTH. That’s a new one!!

    ”Mr Aidoo also said that he did not believe estimates of 8,000 gays and lesbians living in the West Region.”

    Lets do some basic arithmetic Mr Aidoo. I did quick wiki-search and found that the Western Region is subdivided into 13 districts. Four of the thirteen did not have any population figures. The populations of these nine districts add up to 1,142,000 (rounded to nearest 100). If we use the ridiculously low ratio of 1%, we end up with 11,420 without figures for the four. This is already over the 8,000 the minister says doesn’t exist. Generally speaking, it is accepted that the gay population accounts for 6% to 8% of the overall population. At the lowest norm accepted – 6% – we are now looking at about 68,520.

    And “We do not see them” What are looking to see – a pink triangle on the forehead? Or everyone in drag? How stupid!

  17. jamestoronto 21 Jul 2011, 8:37pm

    Another oops. That should read “another STEP backwards. Sorry.

  18. Rich (original) 22 Jul 2011, 1:55am

    Brave minister!

  19. Another shot hole of a country. It and it’s people we could do without.

    They are so hate filled they can’t see how they are suffering without diversity.

  20. Gay Daily Mail Reader 22 Jul 2011, 7:23am

    I once saw a chat show hosted by fellow gay, Dr. David Starkey where it was said that ‘Foreign aid is the redistribution of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries’. Cut aid to Ghana and make it a requirement that Commonwealth countries should at least remove the fear of arrest from it’s gay citizens.

  21. Spanner1960 22 Jul 2011, 7:15pm

    People think this sort of thing doesn’t affect us over here. Just check the latest homophobic attacks here in London, committed by either West African or West Indian descent, both regions of which are notoriously homophobic.
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    Either the governments of these places step into line with common human rights policies, or everyone should just cut them off without a cent and they can be left to starve and hack each other to bits with machetes.

    1. Rudehamster 30 Jul 2011, 4:16pm

      Yeah, I’ve been seriously assaulted three times in thirty years. Two out of the three it was Jamaican men 18-24 y/o, spouting vile homophobia alongside quasi-religious comments. It was clear that their hate was very much linked to their religion. I’m sick of hearing the ‘there are no gays in Africa’ rubbish.
      I was once told by some pupils I was teaching that, ‘Batty boys are a white disease…we don’t allow them in our custom’.

  22. Andrew McFarland 22 Jul 2011, 8:51pm

    I have written to my MP about this, asking that she speaks to the Home Office to ensure that gay and lesbian people, and people who are thought to be gay and lesbian, from Ghana are treated sympathetically when seeking asylum in this country. I suggest everyone does the same. I use http://www.theworkforyou.com to contact my MP.

  23. Ghana, taking a step in the right direction. When will they start making the camps so that they can frolic away from us

  24. Rudehamster 30 Jul 2011, 3:55pm

    Another case of Don’t do as Aidoo, do as I tell you?

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