Ghana’s shame

Earlier this week The Guardian discovered that in Ghana, lesbians were more likely to face violence than gay men, who hardly ever face violence.

Human Rights Watch report that many of them have been forced into marriage or sex work, have been beaten, evicted from their homes, ostracised by their communities, and struggle to find accommodation and employment.

Ghana enacted its anti-gay laws in 1960, after independence from the UK. Unlike other African countries it has not enacted further sanctions against the gay community since then. The 1960 Criminal Offences Act criminalises gay sex, serves as a barrier to seeking justice.

Ghana is a liberal democracy that prizes fundamental human rights, yet it has repeatedly rejected calls by UN bodies to repeal the Criminal Offences Act against “unnatural carnal knowledge”, said Human Rights Watch, who described the country as one of “profound contradictions”.