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V/R: LGBTQI case adjourned yet again

The suspects numbering about 21 were rounded up at a workshop aimed at promoting activities of LGBTQI in the Volta Region

The case involving 21 suspected LGBTQI activists at the Ho High Court has been adjourned for the third time.

The case has been adjourned to Wednesday 14 July 2021 pending advice on the docket from the attorney general‘s office.

Last week the 21 suspects were granted bail.

Free LGBTQI activist now

Meanwhile, UN human rights experts have called for the immediate release of the 21 lesbians, gay, bisexual, trans gender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) in Ghana.

A statement issued by the UN experts on Friday 4 June condemned the arrest and detention of the suspects, describing the act as “discriminatory”.

“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 statement said.

It added: “Human rights defenders play a key role in protecting vulnerable groups from violence and discrimination and empowering them to claim their human rights. Ghana should ensure that no one is criminalised for defending the fundamental rights of LGBT people.”

The experts also pointed out that the root of the arrests allegedly lies in the criminalisation of consensual same-sex conduct. The suspects, made up of 16 females and five males, were rounded up at a workshop, a statement from the police said.

This is the third time in three months that the police have clamped down on the activities of LGBTQI in the country.

Albert Kuzor

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