Ghana’s Western Regional Minister Orders All Gays Arrested

Ghana's Western Regional Minister Paul Evans Aidoo MP has ordered all gays to be rounded-up and arrested, the Sydney Star Observer reports:

Ghana Aidooo has tasked Ghana’s Bureau of National Investigations and security forces to round up the country’s gay population and has called on landlords and tenants to inform on people they suspect of being homosexuals.

“All efforts are being made to get rid of these people in the society,” he said.

The move by the Minister follows months of campaigning by the Christian Council of Ghana which last week called on Ghanaians not to vote for any politician who believes in the rights of homosexuals.

Muslims and Christians in the Western Region have been staging protests ever since a local media report claimed there were around 8000 homosexuals and lesbians in the district.

More on this disturbing development at Box Turtle Bulletin

Comments

  1. Skooter McGoo says

    The USA has to immediately cut off ANY federal funding that goes to this country. If this is how they want to destroy their own people and country, let them do it with no help of MY TAX $$$. Let the American Evangelicals who incite this government to jail & surely kill gay people financial support Ghana. Christian love and kindness at it’s true heart, death and murder in the name of GOD.

  2. NotFunny says

    Didn’t this happen in the U.S. during the 20th Century? Witch hunts for gays who worked in the federal government?

    Sadly, this is the result of religious colonialism in the 21st Century. The faux Christian Right pumps money and gives prominence to anti-gay leaders in Africa just as it does in the U.S. Turn on the TV and listen to Michelle Bachman or virtually any other Republican beholden to the extreme Right, they’ll spew anti-gay hatred because they’re true believers or politically cynical.

  3. Married in MA says

    Truly the armpit of Africa. Hard to believe this is happening in 2011. Good ol’ Christians acting in the name of God. History repeating itself!

  4. BINGO says

    @NOTFUNNY. You’ve hit the nail on the head.
    This is even more insidious in many parts of Africa, where pentecostal Christianity (often a front for outright con men) and the British colonial inheritance of homophobic common law make for a potentially combustible situation. Worth monitoring carefully.

  5. BINGO says

    @MARRIED IN MA — A little perspective, please. Ghana is still one of the brightest lights in sub-Saharan Africa. This is a rogue minister with a loud mouth.
    Sort of like Michelle Bachmann, but with actual (limited) power.

  6. another guy named Jeff says

    I’m with Skooter McGoo. The US needs to not send a penny there. I am not having my taxes pay for destruction of gays and lesbians or any other minority for that matter. When do they round us up for the “FEMA camps” in the USA?

  7. Gay American says

    I wanna hear from Our Govt on this..and ALL Jewish Organizations condemming this ASAP…. this is too Crazy and Hitleresque…..Pathetic….

  8. GMB says

    What’s most troubling to me, in fact, is the lack of credible reporting on this news event. What’s the role of a “Regional Minister”? How much authority do they actually have? Can they actually compel police to act? Will this lead to actual arrests, or are there legal precedents and protections that would prevent it? We need some BASIC reporting before we start screaming to the heavens; these reports surfaced yesterday on blogs that originate in Ghana (like JOY NEWS), and most blogs are simply repeating what they’ve seen there. The Star Observer is one of the few reputable news sources to report on it — and they’ve done virtually no investigative reporting of their own. My god, stories like these should make us do all we can to protect traditional journalism. Blogs simply can’t deliver the important facts on stories like these.

  9. Grover Underwood says

    Sounds like a regional minister is equal to a state governor.

    I just sent the US State Department an email asking about this

  10. says

    Germany, 1933/Ghana, 2011. Not ONE word about this appalling development from the “mainstream media”. That’s almost as horrifying as the story itself!

  11. ivh says

    If these people are in such danger, the Western countries need to accept these people as immigrants, embassies should offer asylum and protection, and any other immigration from this country should be completely shut down.

  12. JD Swell says

    If this is true, forget withholding aid, we should take military action like we did in Libya, Bosnia, and Serbia.

  13. Alex says

    Good riddance! That’s what we should be doing here in the US.

    At least somebody on this homo-happy planet has their head on straight.

  14. Pekemo says

    What’s bugging me is that everyone’s reaction is to stop sending aid to Ghana….Okay…how will this do anything to help the gays and lesbians there.

    We’re being vindictive (and not un-rightly so) but vindictiveness won’t help the gays and lesbians being persecuted there. How about instead of cutting of aid, we demand that they be protected and sanction be made against the Ghanian government for crimes against humanity.

    All we’re doing is trying to get back at our enemies while forgetting the fact that we still have people over there who need our help.

  15. dancobbb says

    Ah sub-Sahara Africa: Ghana, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Zambia, Angola, Mozambique, Zaire, etc. etc. . . . knowest thou no limit to primitiveness? How many millions of years would it have taken (without the introduction of western ideas and science) before you could cure a disease on your own? build a car on your own –or a bicycle for that matter–?? grow enough food to feed your own? Pave roads on your own? Create a fair and equitable government of your own? Many millions of years, I imagine.

  16. John says

    This makes me so angry that people can be treated like this in the 21st century.

    Just happens we have The UK African Development Minister visiting Ghana for a three day visit. http://ukinghana.fco.gov.u​k/en/news/?view=PressR&id=​633359482

    I’ve just sent their office an enquiry to confirm the story and ask how we go about suspending their development programme until they see sense.

    I don’t want my taxes to prop up leaders who victimize their own people.

  17. Evji108 says

    I think we should send security forces to round up the Ghana’s Niagra population and call upon landlords and tenants to inform on people they suspect of being Niagras. All efforts should be made to get rid of these d Niagra people in the society.
    (after all there are no Niagras in the Bible so they should be exterminated)

  18. Ghanaian citizen says

    “Ah sub-Sahara Africa: Ghana, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Zambia, Angola, Mozambique, Zaire, etc. etc. . . . knowest thou no limit to primitiveness?”

    Military action by the United States? Genocide in Ghana? Primitiveness?

    I can scarcely believe this ‘article’, and the comments people from supposedly non-primitive societies are making.

    I am Ghanaian. I live in Ghana. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A MASS EXECUTION OR ROUNDUP BEING ORGANISED. I repeat: There is no such thing happening in Ghana. There are people with extreme views in Ghana who are asking for such measures to be taken against what is considered a cultural affront, but they are in the vast, vast minority. There are also, mind you, people with similarly destructive, ignorant views in the United States. I am in college in the States and have seen, heard, and interacted with some of these people in the classroom. I am in awe that people feel comfortable enough in their ignorance of the issue at hand, and what is actually happening in Ghana, that they can demand drastic measures such as the reduction in financial assistance given to us. Do you know to what end these monies are being put? Do you consider it rational that people should continue to die of diseases that are simply prevented – and ARE prevented, thanks to the aid we get from both the USA and other countries – simply because a few people in Ghana feel one way or another about homosexuality?

    If I should be asked to speak on behalf of the country on the issue, I would say unflinchingly that the majority believe that although homosexuality is NOT compatible with our cultural beliefs and values, people who consider themselves homosexual should be treated with the respect any other human being deserves. We are a largely Christian country, and, unlike the Westboro Baptist Church, we believe that loving, gentle correction and proper guidance can help people make the right life choices. We are not in the business of destroying people’s lives simply because we do not agree with their choices.

    I am disappointed at some of the unfounded accusations being leveled against our country. We are only engaging in the same debate which has embroiled your own.

  19. Ghanaian citizen says

    “If this is true, forget withholding aid, we should take military action like we did in Libya, Bosnia, and Serbia.”

    “Once these people are rounded up there’s no question they will be executed. This is genocide on scale not seen since. . .you know what.”

    “Ah sub-Sahara Africa: Ghana, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Zambia, Angola, Mozambique, Zaire, etc. etc. . . . knowest thou no limit to primitiveness?”

    Military action by the United States? Genocide in Ghana? Primitiveness?

    I can scarcely believe this ‘article’, and the comments people from supposedly non-primitive societies are making.

    I am Ghanaian. I live in Ghana. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A MASS EXECUTION OR ROUNDUP BEING ORGANISED. I repeat: There is no such thing happening in Ghana. There are people with extreme views in Ghana who are asking for such measures to be taken against what is considered a cultural affront, but they are in the vast, vast minority. There are also, mind you, people with similarly destructive, ignorant views in the United States. I am in college in the States and have seen, heard, and interacted with some of these people in the classroom. I am in awe that people feel comfortable enough in their ignorance of the issue at hand, and what is actually happening in Ghana, that they can demand drastic measures such as the reduction in financial assistance given to us. Do you know to what end these monies are being put? Do you consider it rational that people should continue to die of diseases that are simply prevented – and ARE prevented, thanks to the aid we get from both the USA and other countries – simply because a few people in Ghana feel one way or another about homosexuality?

    If I should be asked to speak on behalf of the country on the issue, I would say unflinchingly that the majority believe that although homosexuality is NOT compatible with our cultural beliefs and values, people who consider themselves homosexual should be treated with the respect any other human being deserves. We are a largely Christian country, and, unlike the Westboro Baptist Church, we believe that loving, gentle correction and proper guidance can help people make the right life choices. We are not in the business of destroying people’s lives simply because we do not agree with their choices.

    I am disappointed at some of the unfounded accusations being leveled against our country. We are only engaging in the same debate which has embroiled your own.

  20. Diana Donna DouGlas says

    All these religious demons of confusion & ignorance, because of centuries of pseudo-elohim lies & false programming; not facing reality; & incorrect interpretations of ALL of the scriptures; which I’ve done some excellent exposing of the truth of King David & Jesus Christ’s gayness & their true love & passion for all people, including their gay abbirs & angels.

  21. bossman says

    i am GHANAIAN and i feel so embarassed to read that my minister made this unguarded statement.someone who is paid with taxes of gays and lesbians will make such a remark?this is just ****,but i dont blame him,this is what is really happening in Ghana- the sheer open hatred for minority rights,like gay and lesbian rights in Ghana….if someone just wants to be what he wants to be,why prevent him?at the end of the day,are we trying to force eveyone to be what he doesnt want to be?this is shameful and for it to come from a minister of state is just shameful

  22. Yaw says

    well for all those wondering what is going on in my country, well everything said is true the Minister did issue such an order but he cannot compel the Police to do that. we have institutions here that are trying to do something about all the gay bashing going on in this country. it all stems from interpretations of an article in our constitution that criminalize unnatural canal knowledge of some one.

  23. John says

    Received an update from Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    1. The Regional Minister for the Western Region, Paul Evans Aidoo, was reported as having ordered the immediate arrest of all homosexual people in the region. The Minister was quoted as saying that “all efforts are being made to get rid of these people in the society”. His office have claimed he was misquoted. We are not aware of any gay or lesbian Ghanaians or foreign nationals being targeted or arrested as a result of these alleged remarks.

    2. The Government believes that human rights are universal and should be applied to everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. As the Foreign Secretary has made clear on many occasions, the promotion of human rights is at the heart of our foreign policy. All of our Embassies and High Commissions have a responsibility to monitor and raise human rights in their host countries. As well as diplomatic lobbying, we encourage UK missions overseas to seek out appropriate opportunities to promote human rights and prevent discrimination, including on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity. We have raised these issues in private on a number of occasions with Government officials and other senior figures. We will continue to do so.

    3. The Ghanaians are fully aware of our concerns. The DFID Minister Stephen O’Brien was visiting Accra at the time of this incident and he took that opportunity to immediately make representations at the highest level about our concerns about the recent alleged statement. He conveyed a message directly to the President’s office making clear that the UK treats such statements as unacceptable and seeking assurances from the Government of Ghana that this is not a matter that they’re going to pursue or give any credibility to. He was assured that the Ghanaian Government would take all steps to address our concerns. Our High Commission in Accra and the Foreign Office in London continue to monitor this situation closely.

    4. The Secretary of State for International Development, the Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell MP, is responsible for determining the policies of the Department for International Development (DFID). DFID is the part of the UK government that manages Britain’s aid to poor countries and works to eradicate extreme poverty. You can write to him at the House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA, or e-mail DFID’s Public Enquiry at Enquiry@dfid.gov.uk.

    –Ends —
    Would anyone like to post an update to this position?