MPs in Ghana’s Parliament voted to pass the country’s draconian ‘Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill’ on February 28th. The bill now heads to Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo to be signed into law. 

EFF has joined 34 civil society organizations to demand that President Akufo-Addo vetoes the Family Values Bill.

The legislation criminalizes being LGBTQ+ or an ally of LGBTQ+ people, and also imposes custodial sentences for users and social media companies in punishment for vague, ill-defined offenses like promoting “change in public opinion of prohibited acts” on social media. This would effectively ban all speech and activity online and offline that even remotely supports LGBTQ+ rights.

The letter concludes:

“We also call on you to reaffirm Ghana’s obligation to prevent acts that violate and undermine LGBTQ+ people’s fundamental human rights, including the rights to life, to information, to free association, and to freedom of expression.”

Read the full letter here.