One of the sponsors of the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill, also known as the Anti-Gay Bill, Samuel Nartey George has criticised the Vice President of the United States of America Kamala Harris for her comment that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQI) are human right issues.
Sam George says Madam Harris should be the last person to talk about human rights issues because violations of human rights are rife in her home country.
Vice President Harris made the human right issues comment when she was welcomed by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the seat of government as part of her three-day visit to the country.
She stressed how strongly she feels about the importance of supporting and fighting for the cause of human rights including rights of LGBTQs.
“For the American press who are here, you know that a great deal of work in my career has been to address human rights issues, equality issues across the globe including as well as the LGBTQ community and I feel very strongly about the importance of supporting freedom and supporting and fighting for quality among all people.”
President Akufo-Addo also dissociated from the Anti-Gay Bill.
Proposed under a Private Members' Bill, the anti-gay bill is expected to criminalise some of the activities of homosexuals in Ghana.
Answering a question put to him at the Jubilee House on Monday, March 27 President Akufo-Addo confirmed that the bill is currently before Parliament, which will decide on it, but most of its provisions are being fine-tuned.
“It hasn't been passed, so the statement that there is a legislation in Ghana to that effect is not accurate,” he said.
“Parliament is dealing with it and at the end of the process, I will come in,” he added.
But speaking on the Big Issue on TV3 Tuesday, March 28, Sam Goerge who is also the Ningo Prampam Member of Parliament said “Kamala Harris is not the SI Unit for Human rights. She is actually one of the last people in the world who should be talking about human rights.
“As Vice President of the United States, she comes from a country where human rights abuses are rife. In fact, barely two hours after she finished making those comments that she was interested in human rights, in her own country a 28-year-old woman walked into a school building and killed three children and teachers.
“I believe that a Vice President who has been elected and is concerned about human rights should be concerned about the children in school that they should be able to have a decent education without fearing that indiscriminate gun violence will end their lives. Gun violence is a human rights issue. hs has not been able to deal with those issues.”