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Ghana: LGBT People

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 8611, tabled on 27 May 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Government of Ghana on repression of the LGBT+ community in that country.

Answered on

7 June 2021

The UK stands firm with the LGBT community globally to affirm our commitment to the principle of non-discrimination on all grounds, including on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. We want to see an end to violence and discrimination against LGBT people. In June 2022 the UK will host its first global LGBT conference to tackle inequality around the world and urge countries to take action. On 16 May the Prime Minister appointed a new Special Envoy on LGBT rights, Lord Herbert, the Special Envoy will bring together the UK Government's domestic and international work to advance LGBT equality.

We make regular representations about LGBT rights, including to the Government of Ghana. We work through our High Commission, as well as international organisations, to promote non-discrimination towards LGBT people, and to address discriminatory laws. We are deeply concerned by the recent arrest of 21 LGBT activists in Ho in May and we are seeking further details from the government about the arrest.

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