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Ghana’s president attempts to appease anti-gay critics of children’s minister

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  1. Not much of a human rights lawyer if she doesn’t support freedom for gay people. African countries should be banned from trading with anyone until they stop being such disgusting inhuman freaks.

    1. It was the colonisation by the UK and others that introduced homophobia and anti-gay laws to many African countries. They haven’t developed their legislation or beliefs since and people will have their own views why that’s the case. It’s ironic though, that it would probably take re-colonisation in order to liberate these countries from their ingrained homophobia.

      1. I often too read about how it was colonisation that introduced homophobia. But how true is that ? Were a lot of these countries and cultures so accepting? Not defending colonial history just wondering whether things were as rosy before the missionaries arrived?

        1. Same-sex relationships were socially accepted in Africa or even parts of Africa. I don’t know how widespread that acceptance was, but it did exist in some cultures/nations, e.g. Lesotho. When the UK and other European nations colonised African countries, they brought with them laws from their homelands and in the case of British colonies, the old ‘sodomy’ laws from the Victorian era were imposed, enforced and probably drummed into the people as with other British laws alien to an African nation’s pre-colonised culture. It’s something I’d like to read into much more – perhaps you should also look into it!

  2. Jock S. Trap 21 Feb 2013, 4:18pm

    Clearly a ‘Human Rights for some lawyer’.


  3. I’m constantly amazed how short and biased the memory of some people can be. Under colonial rule, black Africans were treated as 9th rate citizens. Having rightly won equality, they now want to persecute another section of their society. “Let’s win our human rights … and then band together and discriminate against the gays”. How disgustingly hypocritical.

    1. Which is why I never understand the shitty hypocrisy that many gays have towards trans people. Each group climbs the ladder and breaks the fingers of those behind them.

  4. Actually Nana Oye is extremely brave when you consider the daily death threats against her; she has consistently supported gay rights in a country where such a position inflames aggression -and has not backed down on her stance. Her organisation -The Human Rights Advocacy Centre- quite openly and actively provides support to the LGBT community in Ghana. In Ghana, that is very brave.

    I am half Ghanaian, half English and watch what takes place closely. The Ghanaian law does not clearly state that homosexuality itself is illegal;however homosexual sex is illegal. Which means that the law could tip in either direction of greater or lesser tolerance. For those of us who actually have more than a passing opinion on gay rights in Ghana we can see that Nana Oye and Mahama (recently criticized for his friendship to a gay American journalist) could be the tipping point. Both have their hearts in the right place.

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