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We Are a Neutral Body – National Peace Council Clarifies Position on Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill 

Rev. Dr. Eric Adu-Gyamfi, Chairman of the National Peace Council, has emphasized the Council’s role as a mediator and its impartial stance regarding the anti-LGBTQ+ bill currently under consideration. He clarified that the Council has not taken a stance on the bill and emphasized the importance of maintaining neutrality in such matters.

“We don’t have a position on the passage of the anti-LGBTQ+ bill because we are mediators, we don’t take sides on issues like this,” Rev. Dr. Adu-Gyamfi stated. He explained that the Council has been approached by stakeholders on the issue but is waiting to see how things unfold before deciding whether to mediate or intervene in the event of a conflict.

The passage of the Human Sexual Rights and Family Values Act, 2024, by Parliament on February 28, 2024, has sparked criticism from various stakeholders, including the United States Ambassador to Ghana, Virginia Evelyn Palmer. The bill criminalizes LGBTQ+ activities, as well as their promotion, advocacy, and funding, with penalties ranging from 6 months to 5 years in jail.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is yet to assent to the bill, adding to the ongoing debate and uncertainty surrounding the controversial legislation.

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