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Ghana police arrest 21 LGBT+ activists at ‘unlawful’ gathering

/ 04:53 AM May 22, 2021

ACCRA Ghanaian police on Friday said they had detained 21 people they suspected of promoting an LGBT+ agenda at an unlawful assembly in the southeastern city of Ho.

LGBT+ people face widespread persecution in the West African nation where gay sex is punishable with up to three years imprisonment.

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The 16 women and five men were arrested on Thursday at a hotel for nurses and midwives, the police statement said, alleging they had gathered to advocate LGBT+ activities with books and flyers with titles including, “Coming out” and “All about Trans.”

The detainees will appear before a court on June 4.

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Rights organization Rightify Ghana said the group had met to share insight on how to document and report human rights violations being experienced by LGBT+ Ghanaians.

“The press teamed up with the police to storm the meeting location, started taking images, took their belongings, and arrested them,” it said in a post on Twitter.

“We are calling on the Ghana Police Service to #ReleaseThe21,” it said.

Ghana has not prosecuted anyone for same-sex relations in years, but LGBT+ people face frequent abuse and discrimination, including blackmail and attacks, human rights researchers say.

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