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Ghana’s Deputy Majority Leader advocates for reform in LGBTQ+ laws

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Deputy Majority Leader in Ghana’s Parliament, Alexander Afenyo-Markin,has proposed significant changes to the country’s criminal justice system concerning individuals found guilty of engaging in same-sex activities.

As Parliament deliberates on tightening laws surrounding same-sex relationships, Mr. Afenyo-Markin is advocating for a shift towards a more rehabilitative and socially integrative approach rather than solely punitive measures.

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Representing the Effutu Constituency of the Central Region, Afenyo-Markin’s proposal centers on the adoption of plea bargaining and non-custodial punishments for offenders. He contends that this approach aligns with principles of social justice, economic pragmatism, human rights, and legislative accountability.

In a statement, Afenyo-Markin emphasized the necessity of moving beyond mere punishment towards the possibility of social reintegration, rehabilitation, and redemption for individuals involved in same-sex activities. 

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He argued that opting for non-custodial punishments and structured plea bargaining would result in a more humane, financially sustainable, and globally acceptable legal system consistent with international human rights standards.

The proposal comes against the backdrop of Ghana’s prison overpopulation crisis, which has raised concerns about human rights violations due to extreme overcrowding. Afenyo-Markin believes that by adopting the approach outlined in his proposal, Parliament can alleviate pressure on the criminal justice system, redirect funds to areas of urgent need, and promote a restorative approach to justice.

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Afenyo-Markin’s advocacy for reform underscores the ongoing debate surrounding LGBTQ+ rights and legal frameworks in Ghana. While same-sex relationships are currently criminalized in the country, there is a growing call for a more inclusive and rights-based approach to addressing issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity.

As Parliament considers Afenyo-Markin’s proposal, it is expected to spark further dialogue and deliberation on the intersection of law, human rights, and social justice in Ghana. The outcome of these discussions could have far-reaching implications for the LGBTQ+ community and the broader landscape of justice and equality in the country.

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