Recent rhetoric by members of government and religious groups in Ghana has created a perilous environment for the Ghanaian lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) population.Government minister and parliament member, Paul Evan Aidoo, has repeatedly and publicly condemned homosexuality, including a call for landlords to report any person suspected to be a homosexual to police. Another parliament member, David Tetteh, called for the “public lynching of homosexuals.”
Barack Obama will make his first stop in Sub-Saharan Africa as U.S. president when he arrives tomorrow in Ghana, one of only 10 countries that Freedom House rates as Free in the region. Obama said he chose Ghana to highlight a country that is governed effectively, where leadership is accountable to the people and institutions are stronger than any one person.
A majority of Americans see democracy in the U.S. as weak and getting weaker, according to a national survey released by The Democracy Project, a joint initiative of Freedom House, the George W. Bush Institute, and the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement.
On May 21, 2008, the UN General Assembly will elect 15 new Human Rights Council members. Twenty countries are candidates. Freedom House and UN Watch evaluated each candidate’s suitability for election to the Human Rights Council by examining its record of human rights protection at home and its record of human rights promotion at the UN.
Freedom House released an analysis of democracy in sub-Saharan Africa showing that the region has experienced notable increases in freedom over the past generation, although more setbacks than gains were seen in 2006.
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