"Ghana Is A Sovereign Country, Our Laws Frowns Against Homosexuality" -Ayorkor Botchwey To Joe Biden
The Minister-Designate for Foreign Affairs, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey has replied President Of United States of America (USA), Joe Biden saying, since the laws of the country criminalises unlawful carnal knowledge, Ghana will not sign up to homosexuality.
According to her, Ghana is a sovereign country adding that the citizenry cannot go against the laws despite its strong ties with other countries.
Responding to question during her tun at the Vetting Committee in Parliament, she said "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 further said “So in spite of what somebody will say and in this case President Biden, the laws of Ghana criminalises unlawful carnal knowledge and therefore the laws of Ghana definitely are supreme and that is what we all adhere to,”
Her response comes after it emerged that the American President said he will sanction countries that have refused to accept homosexuality.
President Biden on Thursday, February 4, issued a memorandum aimed at expanding protection of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer and intersex (LGBTQI) people worldwide, including potentially through the use of financial sanctions.
President Biden said "All human beings should be treated with respect and dignity and should be able to live without fear no matter who they are or who they love"
ThinkNews Online has gathered that the memo will direct U.S. agencies working abroad to work harder to combat the criminalisation by foreign governments of LGBTQ status or conduct, and directs the State Department to include anti-LGBTQ violence, discrimination and laws in its annual human rights report.
Story by: News Desk Report