Police shut down LGBTQI office in Accra

Police shut down LGBTQI office in Accra

The police on Wednesday morning closed down the recently opened office of a Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI) group in Accra, Ghana.

The five-bedroom apartment, which was housing the group at Ashongman Estate was opened on Sunday, January 31, 2021.

The official opening and fundraising ceremony was attended by diplomats including the Australian High Commissioner to Ghana, Ambassador Gregory Andrews and his partner Rachael, the Danish Ambassador to Ghana, Ambassador Tom Nørring, and his wife, Bridgit, as well as officials of the European Union (EU) in Ghana.

Following the opening of the facility, there has been opposition from anti-LGBQTI stakeholders with calls on the government to resist any attempt by the group to lawfully operate in Ghana since Ghana’s laws frowned on it.

The Kwabenya Traditional Council also opposed the opening of the office in their area.

Although the police is yet to comment on the situation, the group tweeted that, “This morning, our office was raided by National Security.”

“At this moment, we no longer have access to our safe space and our safety is being threatened,” they added.

Daily Graphic