Ghana Official Orders Gays and Lesbians “Rounded Up,” Arrested

An official in Ghana has called for the immediate arrest of all gays and lesbians in the nation’s Western Region. The order came from Paul Evans Aidoo, the Western Regional Minister, and is drawing widespread support from other politicians as well as Ghana’s conservative religious leaders.

Speaking to radio station Joy FM on July 20, Aidoo disputed a recent estimation that Ghana’s gay and lesbian population totals 8,000. “I donít believe it; nobody believes it. We do not see them,” he said, adding, “All efforts are being made to get rid of these people in society.”

These efforts include recruiting law enforcement agencies, such as Ghana’s Bureau of National Investigations, to track down and arrest suspected gays and lesbians. Aidoo has also asked ordinary citizens to report anyone they believe might be involved in a same-sex relationship.

Once arrested, Joy News reports, gay and lesbian Ghanaians “will be hauled before court to test the strength of the law, which frowns upon homosexuality.”

Currently, Ghana’s constitution does not extend human rights or legal protections based on sexual orientation. In fact, its criminal code contains a clause prohibiting “unnatural carnal knowledge.” This ambiguous phrase reflects a pervasive homophobia cultivated within Ghana’s religious communities. According to Joy News, the Western Region has recently played host to a series of anti-gay protests staged by Muslims and Christians. Protesters derided same-sex relationships as “ungodly” and “demonic.”

“This detestable and abominable act, if passed into law in Ghana, will bring the wrath of God upon the nation and the consequences will be unbearable,” said the Christian Counsel of Ghana’s Rev. Fred Deegbe, speaking at a July 18 press conference and quoted in The Examiner.

This proposed “round up” of gays and lesbians in Ghana follows a disturbing trend of LGBT persecution in Africa. In Uganda, a now-infamous Anti-Homosexuality Bill called for the execution of repeat offenders. The “Kill the Gays” Bill, as it is commonly known, is still being supported by Uganda’s Minister of Parliament.


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Anna M.
Annie M.3 years ago

@ SL L. if you have time please visit this site

FYI the frist human who die from AIDS was an American actor, please do some research!
In Africa I lived in the house with mouse and Cockroaches
Move to Canada I live in a house with mouse and Cockroaches
Went to USA Atlanta Georgia ( dekalb) I live in the house with dogs, mouses and Cockroaches

What is the difference? again, Africa is not a country!

Last week on Dr fill America have a big problems with pedophiles, can you talk about thah?

Before trying to wipe someone else ass, look at your own!

Everything bad happening in Africa the continent, is happening everywhere in teh world, so please don't let your media fool you!

or you can visit how to catch a predator on NBC, ring a bell?

pam w.
pam w.3 years ago

Know what? YOUR religion is NOT law!

If YOU want to observe your bible....start making your burned offerings, stop cutting your hair, don't wear mixed fabrics, start selling your daughters into slavery....feel free to babble in tongues--whatever makes you happy.

Just don't impose that on the rest of us. Don't expect us to observe it and don't expect us to cut you any special "slack."

Sad that you can't differentiate between law and religion. Take a civics class.

sheila l.3 years ago

I am concerned with the widespread of AIDs in AFrica, that country is plagued with this disease.

sheila l.3 years ago

Religions have their own perogatives and laws and when government steps into interfere with religion and their doctrines that is infringement. The Bible does not recognize homosexuality.
I believe in civil unions and that is where I draw the line.
I don't know all the circumstances in this AFrican country.
There is genocide, rape and incest over there in Africa as well. Along with torture and that concerns me more than gays and lesbians holding office.

Lori E.
Lori E.4 years ago


Larry C.
Larry Cowden4 years ago

Africa will never ever be ready to join the modern world. They're primitive third world ideas, tribal fighting, extremist religious beliefs will continue to mark that continent as one to visit, but never live in by the rest of the world. After thousands of years they still behave like they're ancestors did.

Tanyaisa P.
Tanyaisa P.4 years ago

why this behavior by government and law officials in the 21st century? Crazy ideology and prejudice runs rampant. People get hurt who are not harming anyone by loving another person. this is just insane.

Velmapearl Hawkins
Velma Hawkins4 years ago

this is just plain crazy and the result of ignorance and discrimination

Bernadette P.
Berny p.4 years ago

WHY are we surprised about this...this is Africa....ANOTHER corrupt continent .....just look at their leaders.....and guess what......we are giving millions to africa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Chris C.
Chris Cornish4 years ago

How do we stop this? The solution is easy, no more aid; give them nothing. I daresay their own citizens will never share in the wealth that this little tin-pot nation has. The West should grow bigger balls and blast the crap out of this god forsaken place.
As for their religious leaders....please don't make me laugh; they are the ones in the big air con cars, dripping with gold and diamond, they are the ones that steal , cheat and lie and then preach evil.