Hundreds of people are going to be tortured for their sexuality at a ‘therapy conference’ in Ghana.
Around 400 people have allegedly signed up voluntarily to receive discredited and damaging ‘gay cure’ therapy.
The National Coalition for Proper Human Sexual Rights and Family Values is running the forum.
Hundreds to be tortured for being gay at Ghana ‘gay cure’ therapy conference
Leader Moses Foh-Amoaning has said men and women ‘voluntarily surrendered themselves and registered with the coalition to undergo counseling’.
He also announced plans to open a ‘Holistic Sexual Therapy Unit’ at a teaching hospital in Accra.
Foh-Amoaning also said religious leaders and people versed in ‘traditional medicine’ would treat the LGBTI people for their ‘sickness’.
Gay sex is currently punishable in Ghana by three years in prison. However, Foh-Amoaning wants to make ‘gay cure’ therapy compulsory as part of the law.
‘We will make our punishment corrective instead of punitive’, he said.
Will Ghana’s anti-LGBTI laws become harsher?
In May, the national coalition leader announced his campaign to make the anti-LGBTI laws harsher.
‘Some become homosexual because of peer pressure, economic reasons, then, the medically affected ones like hormonal imbalance, such people need help, so we would provide such help for them through the Ghana Health Service,’ Foh-Amoaning said.
Foh-Amoaning said the bill is a response to pressure from Western politicians and LGBTI groups for African countries to decriminalize homosexuality.
Prime Minister Theresa May recently urged Commonwealth nations to rethink their laws surrounding the issue, claiming that she ‘deeply regrets’ the UK’s role in promoting anti-LGBT legislation throughout the former colonies. She offered aid to any Commonwealth country that did away with such legislation.
May’s comments then sparked a backlash in Ghana. Apostle Professor Opoku Onyinah decried her calls for decriminalization as ‘neo-colonialism’, and promised to protest any attempt to legalize homosexuality in Ghana.
Ghanian president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo stated there would be no attempt to decriminalize homosexuality.
Speaker of Parliament Aaron Mike Oquaye said he would rather resign than allow pro-LGBTI legislation.
Out of the 53 Commonwealth member states, 37 maintain laws criminalizing LGBTI people, including Ghana.