Ghana’s Legal Battle Over LGBTQ Rights Could Impact $20 Billion Debt Restructuring

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Supreme Court Deliberations Begin

On Wednesday, May 8, 2024, Ghana’s Supreme Court is set to commence hearings on a pivotal case that could impact the country’s $20 billion debt restructuring efforts. This legal challenge is also a significant test of the World Bank’s commitment to supporting the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) individuals.

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The Controversial Anti-LGBTQ Legislation

The legislation in question mandates severe penalties for LGBTQ individuals, as well as their family members, friends, and educators who fail to report their LGBTQ status to the authorities. The case brought before the Supreme Court seeks to overturn this controversial law.

Potential Consequences for International Support

Should the Supreme Court decide to uphold the law, it could endanger Ghana’s financial assistance from the World Bank, which is crucial for the country’s ongoing efforts to combat poverty. The decision thus not only has legal ramifications but also significant socio-economic implications for Ghana.

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