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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...

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  1. More to this than meets the eye. See > Audio: In Ghana, is it getting worse for LGBT? http://madikazemi.blogspot.com/2011/07/audio-in-ghana-is-it-getting-worse-for.html

    Posted by: paul canning | Jul 22, 2011 2:48:39 PM


  2. Does the word "holocaust" ring a bell??? Wake up world they are at it again!!!!

    Posted by: bill | Jul 23, 2011 11:38:24 AM


  3. 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)

    Posted by: Evji108 | Jul 23, 2011 3:42:32 PM


  4. "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.

    Posted by: Ghanaian citizen | Jul 24, 2011 5:54:13 AM


  5. "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.

    Posted by: Ghanaian citizen | Jul 24, 2011 5:55:04 AM


  6. 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.

    Posted by: Diana Donna DouGlas | Jul 27, 2011 2:39:26 PM


  7. 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

    Posted by: bossman | Aug 7, 2011 7:17:46 PM


  8. 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.

    Posted by: Yaw | Aug 8, 2011 9:11:54 AM


  9. 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?

    Posted by: John | Aug 10, 2011 2:20:55 PM


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