The Commission on Human
Rights and Administrative
Justice’s Lauretta Lamptey

According to the Ghana News Agency (GNA), the Presbyterian Church in Ghana is reportedly planning to set up gay counselling and “rehabilitation” centres across the country.

The news was announced by the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG), Right Reverend Professor Emmanuel Martey.

Martey urged the government to assist the Church in offering “the necessary support in helping to reduce the spread of the practice in the society”.

“He said homosexuality was spreading fast in the society and urged the country’s leaders and Ministers to put up effective measures to check it and transform the destiny of the country,” reports GNA.

Meanwhile, the country’s recently appointed Head of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice, Lauretta Lamptey, has denied reports that she called for the decriminalisation of homosexuality, reports Peace FM Online.

“I did not advocate that homosexuality should be decriminalised. My view is that, it currently isn’t clear whether it is even criminal and that if the view of the society is that it should be then, there should be a debate about that,” Lamptey said in an interview with Xfm 95.1.

“In my view I don’t think as a society we are ready to give homosexuals, lesbians the whole category of people any of those kind of rights,” she said.

“I think we have religious, moral, traditional and many barriers to that and I don’t think we have to simply copy the Western world on everything because someone can say, ‘this is the high point, this is where you should be in terms of human rights of individuals’. I think we should be where our country should be”.

Sexual contact between men is illegal in Ghana, although the law is rarely enforced. In June, it was claimed that Ghana’s Bureau of National Investigations is investigating “the growing rate of homosexuality” in parts of the country.

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