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Africa must accept homosexuals – UK PM to Akufo-Addo, others

Theresa May and Akufo-Addo

The British Prime Minister, Theresa May has said that the UK takes blame for introducing anti-gay laws in former colonies such as Ghana.

The Prime Minister, who was addressing the Commonwealth heads of government meetings in London said, she regrets deeply the role of her country in introducing the laws.

This, she said, has resulted in a “legacy of discrimination, violence and even death” of homosexuals in some of its former colonies.

Most countries which were colonized by the UK frown on homosexuality and have introduced laws to make it criminal.

According to Reuters news agency, colonial-era homophobic laws are still being used in 37 of the Commonwealth 53 member nations.

Present at the conference was Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

“I am aware all too aware that these laws were often put in place by my own country. They were wrong then, and they are wrong now” she said.

 However, she hailed member countries which have recently reversed laws to favor homosexuality.

She pledged support for countries who are willing to reform outdated legislation which criminalizes homosexuality.

 President Akufo-Addo in an interview with Aljazeera recently said Ghana is not keen on legalizing homosexuality but added that his government might consider the position if there is pressure from the populace.

 

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