UN asks Ghana to be practical on homosexuality

Published: October 19, 2011

Leo Zekeng, the UNAIDS country director said although the West African country had made some strides in the fight against HIV and AIDS, some of its laws regarding the rights of homosexuals are ambiguous.

He told Ghana’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Martin Amidu in a meeting in Accra on Wednesday, Zekeng called for continuous education of judges and lawyers on the issues of stigmatisation of persons with HIV/AIDS as well as same sex issues.

The meeting was on Ghana’s plans to reduce the impact of the HIV/AIDS scourge of by 2020.

Zekeng said although homosexuality was a sensitive subject it could be discussed without raising emotions.

"We live in an environment where such issues are politically and culturally sensitive" he said.

Amidu said Ghana was playing its part to minimise the spread of the HIV infection and that the current laws were enough to deal with the issues concerning same sex.

He said government could not afford to make laws which were against the rights and aspirations of the majority of the people.

"The whole issue of homosexuality in Africans is culturally not acceptable," he said.

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