Ghana's parliament set to debate the anti-LGBTQ Bill

21 LGBT activists have been cleared by the court on charges of unlawful assembly

On Thursday, a court in Ghana acquitted and released 21 LGBT activists who were detained in late May in the southeast of the country for “unlawful assembly” after partaking in a conference about their activities.

16 women and five men were detained on May 20 in Ho, a city in the Volta region, while “participating in a conference to develop their activities.

Rightify Ghana stated on Twitter that the aim of the conference was directed to train lawyers to defend and report human right violation experienced by Ghana LGBTQs.

Following the reports from the Chief Superintendent of Police Yakubu Ayamga, no tangible evidence was found by the Attorney General to help proceed with the case.

He stated. that the case has been dismissed and the 21 people involved has been acquitted based on the opinion of the attorney general

This ruling was confirmed by the attorney for the arrestees, Julia Ayertey.

Making a statement she said,

“We welcome the decision, which has always been our line from the beginning of this case,”

Same-Sex romantic association is forbidden in Ghana, although legal procedures are limited, as a highly traditional and religious English-speaking country in West African. LGBTs have faced a wave of terror as, in February, a gay aid centre in Accra was shut down by the government.

The bill to raise punishments and criminalize the publicity of the LGBT movement received its first reading in parliament this week, notwithstanding the global objection of the text.

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