UN expert calls on government to release the 21 persons arrested in Ho for pushing LGBTQI agenda

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UN experts who fight for the rights of people have called on the government to release the 21 persons who arrested on the 21st of May,2021 at the Ho Midwives hotel for pushing the LGBTQI agenda.

The UN experts said in a statement that the individual arrested individuals were fighting for the rights of the LGBTQI community.

The 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.

“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.”

It added: “Detention on discriminatory grounds, including for combating violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, is arbitrary by its own nature and violates international human rights law. The Government of Ghana must release them immediately and unconditionally.”

The names of the UN experts are as follows: Elizabeth Broderick (Chair), Melissa Upreti (Vice-Chair), Dorothy Estrada-Tanck, Ivana Radačić, and Meskerem Geset Techane, These people work on the discrimination against girls and women. Victor Madrigal-Borloz, being an Independent Expert also works on discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and the protection against violence. Irene Khan  promotes the protection of rights to freedom of expression and opinion. Mary Lawlor; the works on the situation of human rights defenders. Leigh Toomey (Chair-Rapporteur), Elina Steinerte (Vice-chairperson), Mumba Malila, Miriam Estrada-Castillo and Priya Gopalan work on the arbitrary detention. Clément Nyaletsossi Voule also works on the rights to freedom of association and peaceful assembly. 

In Ghana, gay sex is punishable by three years of imprisonment.

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