Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, has told Members of the British House of Lords and the House of Commons at Westminster in London that Africa is not deterred by the veiled threats of withdrawal of investments and international aid.
He said threats and other stringent economic measures will not affect the continent’s effort at protecting its culture, values, and societal norms and to safeguard the future of its youth.
A statement issued by the Public Affairs Directorate of Parliament, said of concern to the British Members of Parliament is the law passed in Uganda recently on the LGBTQI phenomenon, and the bill on Promotion of Human Sexual Rights and Family Values currently before Ghana’s Parliament.
Mr. Bagbin said threats are not the way to go. He said if a neighbour or partner has a problem, he has to be helped to solve it because boycotts and threats do not solve problems but engagement and understanding do.
Speaker Bagbin emphasized that there is nothing untoward or wrong with the efforts by Parliament to legislate on the promotion of human sexual rights and family values in Ghana, using the constitution as a compass.
He said there is urgent need of legislation in the area of LGBTTQR± in Ghana and that Parliament is aware of the copious human rights provisions in the Constitution of the country. This is because Parliament knows that any legislation that detracts from the human rights and freedoms guaranteed by the constitution will be a candidate for litigation in the court of law.