‘Douche du Jour’: Ghanaian Gov’t Minister Paul Evans Aidoo Orders Arrest of All Homosexuals
A Ghanaian government minister has ordered the arrest of all homosexuals in the country’s Western Region, San Diego LGBT Weekly reports.
Paul Evans Aidoo, Ghana’s Western Region minister, has ordered the Bureau of National Investigations to “smoke out” people having gay sex, which is illegal in the West African country of 24 million people. Aidoo has enlisted the assistance of the region’s landlords, who he has urged to rat out homosexual activity in their properties.
A recent news report claimed that there are 8,000 gays and lesbians in the Western and Central Regions of Ghana, a figure that Aidoo contests. “I don’t believe it; nobody believes it,” the minister told Joy News. “All efforts are being made to get rid of these people in the society.”
Human rights groups have slammed Ghana’s recent public campaign against homosexuals and Aidoo’s hateful directive.
“It is promoting hatred,” Mac-Darling Cobbinah, head of the human rights group Center for Popular Education and Human Rights, told the BBC, “and it’s creating a divided society where gay people will be antagonised or attacked or blackmailed.”
“When a minister of state and government starts relating such messages it can’t help society,” he added.
But many African societies are extremely hostile towards homosexuality. In Uganda, spurred on by hateful, bigoted U.S. evangelical Christian leaders, lawmakers, religious leaders and everyday citizens have declared war on homosexuals. Gays and lesbians face extreme prejudice. Newspapers routinely call for them to be executed, and a proposed law that would have punished repeat homosexual “offenders” with death by hanging barely failed to pass. Homosexuals brave enough to advocate for their rights do so at great risk. This January, Ugandan gay rights activist David Kato was beaten to death.
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