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General News of Tuesday, 9 January 2018


'Polygamists in Europe have rights, champion their cause' – lecturer tells activists

Law lecturer, Moses Foh-Amoaning has dared the Human Rights Watch, who pride themselves as human rights activists, to champion the cause of polygamists in European countries.

Incensed by intense pressure by human rights activists to get Ghana’s law amended to accommodate homosexuals, the lawyer on TV3’s News 360 accused human rights organizations of being used by gay activists to push their agenda for same sex marriage among other activities.

“You are just an instrument for pushing LGBT propaganda. Can you also go to South Africa, the UK or America and also do a research on polygamy and how people who want to marry more than one person are being discriminated against?,” he questioned.

He accused the Human Rights Watch of being an organization working under the pretense of human rights activism to promote activities of gay rights activists.

“It is the LGBT activists who asked you to conduct a research. You are just a conduit for LGBT right activism and propaganda to legalise homosexuality in Ghana where we say it is against our culture, religion and constitution,” Moses Foh-Amoaning fired the group.

His comments come on the back of a report by the Human Rights Watch which is calling for a repeal of the law against unnatural carnal knowledge. READ MORE

The 72-page report, titled “’No Choice but to Deny Who I Am’: Violence and Discrimination against LGBT People in Ghana,” shows how retention of section 104(1)(b) of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 prohibiting and punishing “unnatural carnal knowledge,” and failure to actively address violence and discrimination, relegate LGBT Ghanaians to effective second-class citizenship.

But Moses Foh-Amoaning disagreed with this assertion, saying the issue of homosexuality is not a human right issue, neither is the Ghanaian constitution clear on the issue.

“Homosexuality is not a human right issue, and the Ghanaian constitution doesn’t talk about sexual orientation.”

He added, the European Union Human Rights Court has been clear on the matter and gives countries the freedom to make a decision regarding the issue of homosexuality.

“Last year the European Union Human Rights Court concluded that same sex marriages is not a human right issue. 47 judges came to the conclusion that it is also not a discriminatory matter, and that state parties have the right to decide whether or not they will allow same sex marriage or homosexuality or not.”

Homosexuality is “inherently disorderly”, he added, and could give room for other disorderly activities if accepted in the country.

He however condemned the alleged brutalities against gays in Ghana.