Homosexuality, demons and politics (Ghana)

Human rights activists in Ghana warned on Friday of a hate campaign against homosexuals after a minister called for their arrest and local churches led anti-gay street protests.

The General Secretary of the Association of Charismatic and Christian Churches of Ghana, Rev Gideon Titi-Ofei, said that gays were “victims to some form of demonic influence.”

Alhaji Mohammed Easah, National President of the Coalition of Muslim Community of Ghana, said homosexuality is an abominable “demonic” act.  

Paul Evans Aidoo, the minister for the Western Region of Ghana, said: “All efforts are being made to get rid of these people in society.” He called for the Bureau of National Investigations to round up gays and called on landlords and tenants to inform on people they suspect of being homosexual.

“There is a lot of fear and panic in the gay community at the moment,” said MacDarling Cobinnah, executive director of the Accra-based Centre for Popular Education and Human Rights Ghana.

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