We don’t have a position on the passage of Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill – Peace Council

The National Peace Council has affirmed its neutral stance regarding the passage of the Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill by Parliament.
Chairman of the Peace Council, Rev. Dr. Eric Adu-Gyamfi, emphasised the organisation’s role as a mediator and underscored the importance of impartiality in such matters.

He noted that while stakeholders have approached them regarding the issue, the Council remains committed to neutrality and is closely monitoring developments.

Speaking in an interview with Accra-based TV3 on Sunday, March 3, Rev. Adu-Gyamfi reiterated the Council’s impartial stance, stating that it enables them to effectively mediate any potential conflicts arising from the passage of the Bill without taking sides.

“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. There are several issues that have come to us that people expected us to take sides, but realised it was important to remain neutral when they later came for conflict resolution.”

“We are waiting to see how things will unfold, so we know whether to mediate or intervene in the event of a conflict,” he said.

On February 28, 2024, Parliament approved a bill criminalizing LGBTQ activities and prohibiting their promotion, advocacy, and funding.

Under the legislation, individuals convicted of such acts could be sentenced to 6 months to 3 years in prison, while those promoting or sponsoring such activities could face 3 to 5 years behind bars.

The bill’s passage has sparked criticism from various stakeholders, including Virginia Evelyn Palmer, the Ambassador of the United States to Ghana.

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