LGBT+ Center In Ghana Shutdown By Security Forces. According to the VOA reports, Ghana’s security forces raided and shut down the office of an organization that supports the LGBTQI+ community on Wednesday.
The LGBT+ Rights Ghana group took to their Twitter handle to pass the information. The tweet reads “While this unfortunate incident has happened, we wish to encourage all our members, and queer Ghanaians to stay calm. Do not panic. We will triumph. The police may have raided our office and closed it down but the real office is in our hearts and minds. #LETITBEKNOWN”. They also said “This morning, our center was invaded by National Security. To this day, we no longer have access to this space, and our safety is threatened”.
The rights group has called on human rights organizations to speak up and condemn the attacks against it. The center was launched and opened on January 31 in a ceremony that received a European Union delegation and other foreign embassies.
However, it has faced opposition from the church groups, politicians, and anti-gay rights organizations that demanded that the government shut the center down, arrest, and prosecute those involved.
The Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference asked that the EU not impose their values and beliefs on Ghanaians, saying it was against homosexuality.
The President of the Conference, Reverend Philip Naameh, accused the LGBTQ+ community of using the center to try to lure in youths. In Ghana, same-sex relations are criminalized, and queer people face up to three years in jail.