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V/R: 21 suspected LGBTQI activists granted bail

The Ho Circuit Court is granting them bail after three unsuccessful attempts since their arrest on 20 May 2021

The 21 suspected Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) activists who have been on remand for 19 days have been granted bail in the sum of GHC5,000 each.

The Ho Circuit Court is granting them bail after three unsuccessful attempts since their arrest on 20 May 2021.

The suspects, made up of 16 females and five males between the ages of 20-35 were arrested by the Volta Regional police command during a workshop on LGBTQI in Ho.

Some items retrieved from the suspects were LGBTQI+ Muslim, a book used during the workshop, flyers and postals showcasing LGBTQI activities and their mobile phones, which are in the custody of the police for further investigations.

Condemnation

The Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) and UN human rights experts have condemned the arrest and detention of the 21 young activists in Ho.

“First, it is clear that gathering to educate people at a hotel venue on LGBT+ issues is not a criminal act or crime under the constitution or any statute. At the time of their arrest, the arrestees were not engaged in or found to have engaged in any unlawful act or in possession of any unlawful or prohibited items.

“The Constitution does not prohibit any group of citizens from banding together to advocate for better treatment under the law, including for reform of the law or of law enforcement to enhance their lives as equal citizens,” the CDD-Ghana statement said.

“We are deeply concerned by the arrests of the human rights defenders. All evidence available to us points to the fact that they were detained while they were peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association,” the UN human rights experts also said in a separate statement

Albert Kuzor

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