Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration designated minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, has told United States President, Joseph Biden, that Ghana would never agree to make laws that welcome homosexuality.
This bold declaration by Ghana follows a decision by the US to sanction countries that are keeping anti-LGBTQ laws.
During her vetting on Thursday. February 11, 2021, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, in answering a question emphasised that Ghana’s laws clearly criminalise the practice.
US President, Joe Biden, issued a memorandum on Thursday, February 4, which aimed at expanding protection of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) people worldwide, including potentially through the use of financial sanctions.
President Biden explained that all human beings, no matter their sexuality and who they choose to love, should be treated with respect and dignity and be able to live without fear of being attacked.
The memo further directs U.S. agencies working abroad to work harder to combat the criminalisation by foreign governments of LGBTQ status or conduct.
It also orders the State Department to include anti-LGBTQ violence, discrimination, and laws in its annual human rights report.
However, Miss Botchwey stated categorically during her questioning that Ghana is a sovereign country and has its own laws that citizens must abide by in spite of the relationship the country has established with other countries.
“Ghana is a sovereign country but as part of our foreign policy we engage countries all over the world; America is one of our strongest friends. But in this country we have laws. And our laws work and must work,” she stressed.
“So in spite of what somebody will say and in this case President Biden, the law of Ghana criminalises unlawful carnal knowledge and therefore the laws of Ghana definitely are supreme and that is what we all adhere to,” she said.