United Kingdom High Commissioner to Ghana Iain Walker has said his government owes itself and the world a right of duty to ensure that Ghanaian laws that set out to ‘intentionally or unintentionally’ discriminate against homosexuality are changed or new favourable ones created, Ghana Web reported.
Walker was reacting to a question on what could have prompted British Prime Minister Theresa May to offer help to Ghana make its laws more tolerant and accommodating of homosexuals when President Akufo Addo participated in a Commonwealth heads of government meeting in London.
The UK diplomat said May’s comments were part of promoting LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) rights and that it was an issue that the UK felt very strongly about.
Walker is the second Western diplomat to call for the decriminalization of homosexuality in Ghana.
Two months ago United States ambassador Robert Jackson said Ghanaians were “myopic” on the subject of homosexuality.
He said their attitude towards the subject reflected a "lack of understanding of the sciences”, adding that if citizens opposing gay rights were given the opportunity to study the subject they would be in a better position to understand and appreciate the issue.
- African News Agency (ANA)