Entry #833: Homosexual activity in Ghana

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RegionGhana
IssueHomosexual activity
StatusIllegal (imprisonment as punishment)
Start DateFeb 29, 2024
End Datenow
DescriptionUnder Section 104 of the Ghanaian Criminal Code of 1960 as "unnatural carnal knowledge". If the person is of 16 years or older and has consent, this is considered a misdemeanour, punishable by imprisonment not exceeding 3 years as per Article 296(4) of the Criminal Procedural Code. In 2024, this law was strengthened to criminalise any form of LGBTQ+ expression, and extended the potential prison sentence to 5-10 years.
Sourceshttp://www.refworld.org/pdfid/44bf823a4.pdf https://ilga.org/downloads/ILGA_State_Sponsored_Homophobia_2019.pdf https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/886465/GHANA_SOGIE_CPIN_v2.0.pdf https://www.thepinknews.com/2024/02/29/ghana-passes-anti-lgbt-bill/ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-68353437


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Revision by Doomdorm64. 2024 bill

Old Value New Value (Current)
ValueMale illegal, female legalIllegal (imprisonment as punishment)
NoteUnder Section 104 of the Ghanaian Criminal Code of 1960 as "unnatural carnal knowledge". If the person is of 16 years or older and has consent, this is considered a misdemeanour, punishable by imprisonment not exceeding 3 years as per Article 296(4) of the Criminal Procedural Code. In 2024, this law was strengthened to criminalise any form of LGBTQ+ expression.Under Section 104 of the Ghanaian Criminal Code of 1960 as "unnatural carnal knowledge". If the person is of 16 years or older and has consent, this is considered a misdemeanour, punishable by imprisonment not exceeding 3 years as per Article 296(4) of the Criminal Procedural Code. In 2024, this law was strengthened to criminalise any form of LGBTQ+ expression, and extended the potential prison sentence to 5-10 years.
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Under Section 104 of the Ghanaian Criminal Code of 1960 as "unnatural carnal knowledge". If the person is of 16 years or older and has consent, this is considered a misdemeanour, punishable by imprisonment not exceeding 3 years as per Article 296(4) of the Criminal Procedural Code. In 2024, this law was strengthened to criminalise any form of LGBTQ+ expression. expression, and extended the potential prison sentence to 5-10 years.

Revision by Doomdorm64. 2024 bill

Old Value New Value
Start DateJan 12, 1960Feb 29, 2024
NoteUnder Section 104 of the Ghanaian Criminal Code of 1960 as "unnatural carnal knowledge". If the person is of 16 years or older and has consent, this is considered a misdemeanour, punishable by imprisonment not exceeding 3 years as per Article 296(4) of the Criminal Procedural Code. (Decriminalization pending)Under Section 104 of the Ghanaian Criminal Code of 1960 as "unnatural carnal knowledge". If the person is of 16 years or older and has consent, this is considered a misdemeanour, punishable by imprisonment not exceeding 3 years as per Article 296(4) of the Criminal Procedural Code. In 2024, this law was strengthened to criminalise any form of LGBTQ+ expression.
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Under Section 104 of the Ghanaian Criminal Code of 1960 as "unnatural carnal knowledge". If the person is of 16 years or older and has consent, this is considered a misdemeanour, punishable by imprisonment not exceeding 3 years as per Article 296(4) of the Criminal Procedural Code. (Decriminalization pending) In 2024, this law was strengthened to criminalise any form of LGBTQ+ expression.
Sourceshttp://www.refworld.org/pdfid/44bf823a4.pdf
https://ilga.org/downloads/ILGA_State_Sponsored_Homophobia_2019.pdf
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/886465/GHANA_SOGIE_CPIN_v2.0.pdf
http://www.refworld.org/pdfid/44bf823a4.pdf
https://ilga.org/downloads/ILGA_State_Sponsored_Homophobia_2019.pdf
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/886465/GHANA_SOGIE_CPIN_v2.0.pdf
https://www.thepinknews.com/2024/02/29/ghana-passes-anti-lgbt-bill/
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-68353437
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http://www.refworld.org/pdfid/44bf823a4.pdf https://ilga.org/downloads/ILGA_State_Sponsored_Homophobia_2019.pdf https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/886465/GHANA_SOGIE_CPIN_v2.0.pdf http://www.refworld.org/pdfid/44bf823a4.pdf https://ilga.org/downloads/ILGA_State_Sponsored_Homophobia_2019.pdf https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/886465/GHANA_SOGIE_CPIN_v2.0.pdf https://www.thepinknews.com/2024/02/29/ghana-passes-anti-lgbt-bill/ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-68353437

Revision by Pizzaslices412653

Old Value New Value
NoteUnder Section 104 of the Ghanaian Criminal Code of 1960 as "unnatural carnal knowledge". If the person is of 16 years or older and has consent, this is considered a misdemeanour, punishable by imprisonment not exceeding 3 years as per Article 296(4) of the Criminal Procedural Code Decriminalization pending.Under Section 104 of the Ghanaian Criminal Code of 1960 as "unnatural carnal knowledge". If the person is of 16 years or older and has consent, this is considered a misdemeanour, punishable by imprisonment not exceeding 3 years as per Article 296(4) of the Criminal Procedural Code. (Decriminalization pending)
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Under Section 104 of the Ghanaian Criminal Code of 1960 as "unnatural carnal knowledge". If the person is of 16 years or older and has consent, this is considered a misdemeanour, punishable by imprisonment not exceeding 3 years as per Article 296(4) of the Criminal Procedural Code Decriminalization pending. Code. (Decriminalization pending)

Revision by Pizzaslices412653

Old Value New Value
NoteUnder Section 104 of the Ghanaian Criminal Code of 1960 as "unnatural carnal knowledge". If the person is of 16 years or older and has consent, this is considered a misdemeanour, punishable by imprisonment not exceeding 3 years as per Article 296(4) of the Criminal Procedural Code Decriminalization pendingUnder Section 104 of the Ghanaian Criminal Code of 1960 as "unnatural carnal knowledge". If the person is of 16 years or older and has consent, this is considered a misdemeanour, punishable by imprisonment not exceeding 3 years as per Article 296(4) of the Criminal Procedural Code Decriminalization pending.
Show Difference
Under Section 104 of the Ghanaian Criminal Code of 1960 as "unnatural carnal knowledge". If the person is of 16 years or older and has consent, this is considered a misdemeanour, punishable by imprisonment not exceeding 3 years as per Article 296(4) of the Criminal Procedural Code Decriminalization pending pending.

Revision by Pizzaslices412653

Old Value New Value
NoteUnder Section 104 of the Ghanaian Criminal Code of 1960 as "unnatural carnal knowledge". If the person is of 16 years or older and has consent, this is considered a misdemeanour, punishable by imprisonment not exceeding 3 years as per Article 296(4) of the Criminal Procedural Code.Under Section 104 of the Ghanaian Criminal Code of 1960 as "unnatural carnal knowledge". If the person is of 16 years or older and has consent, this is considered a misdemeanour, punishable by imprisonment not exceeding 3 years as per Article 296(4) of the Criminal Procedural Code Decriminalization pending
Show Difference
Under Section 104 of the Ghanaian Criminal Code of 1960 as "unnatural carnal knowledge". If the person is of 16 years or older and has consent, this is considered a misdemeanour, punishable by imprisonment not exceeding 3 years as per Article 296(4) of the Criminal Procedural Code. Code Decriminalization pending

Revision by beeurd

Old Value New Value
NoteUnder Section 104 of the Ghanaian Criminal Code of 1960. If the person is of 16 years or older and has consent, this is considered a misdemeanour, punishable by imprisonment not exceeding 3 years as per Article 296(4) of the Criminal Procedural Code.Under Section 104 of the Ghanaian Criminal Code of 1960 as "unnatural carnal knowledge". If the person is of 16 years or older and has consent, this is considered a misdemeanour, punishable by imprisonment not exceeding 3 years as per Article 296(4) of the Criminal Procedural Code.
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Under Section 104 of the Ghanaian Criminal Code of 1960. If the person is of 16 years or older and has consent, this is considered a misdemeanour, punishable by imprisonment not exceeding 3 years as per Article 296(4) of the Criminal Procedural Code. "unnatural carnal knowledge". If the person is of 16 years or older and has consent, this is considered a misdemeanour, punishable by imprisonment not exceeding 3 years as per Article 296(4) of the Criminal Procedural Code.
Sourceshttp://www.refworld.org/pdfid/44bf823a4.pdf
https://ilga.org/downloads/ILGA_State_Sponsored_Homophobia_2019.pdf
http://www.refworld.org/pdfid/44bf823a4.pdf
https://ilga.org/downloads/ILGA_State_Sponsored_Homophobia_2019.pdf
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/886465/GHANA_SOGIE_CPIN_v2.0.pdf
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http://www.refworld.org/pdfid/44bf823a4.pdf https://ilga.org/downloads/ILGA_State_Sponsored_Homophobia_2019.pdf http://www.refworld.org/pdfid/44bf823a4.pdf https://ilga.org/downloads/ILGA_State_Sponsored_Homophobia_2019.pdf https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/886465/GHANA_SOGIE_CPIN_v2.0.pdf

Revision by beeurd

Old Value New Value
ValueIllegal (imprisonment as punishment)Male illegal, female legal
NoteIf the person is of 16 years or older and has consent, imprisonment not exceeding 3 years. If the person does not have consent, from 5 to 25 years.Under Section 104 of the Ghanaian Criminal Code of 1960. If the person is of 16 years or older and has consent, this is considered a misdemeanour, punishable by imprisonment not exceeding 3 years as per Article 296(4) of the Criminal Procedural Code.
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If the person is of 16 years or older and has consent, imprisonment not exceeding 3 years. If the person does not have consent, from 5 to 25 years. Under Section 104 of the Ghanaian Criminal Code of 1960. If the person is of 16 years or older and has consent, this is considered a misdemeanour, punishable by imprisonment not exceeding 3 years as per Article 296(4) of the Criminal Procedural Code.
Sourceshttp://www.refworld.org/pdfid/44bf823a4.pdfhttp://www.refworld.org/pdfid/44bf823a4.pdf
https://ilga.org/downloads/ILGA_State_Sponsored_Homophobia_2019.pdf
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http://www.refworld.org/pdfid/44bf823a4.pdf http://www.refworld.org/pdfid/44bf823a4.pdf https://ilga.org/downloads/ILGA_State_Sponsored_Homophobia_2019.pdf

Revision by vviet93

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Start Date1960Jan 12, 1960
Note10 years or moreIf the person is of 16 years or older and has consent, imprisonment not exceeding 3 years. If the person does not have consent, from 5 to 25 years.
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10 years or more If the person is of 16 years or older and has consent, imprisonment not exceeding 3 years. If the person does not have consent, from 5 to 25 years.
Sourceshttp://ilga.org/ilga/en/countries/GHANA/Lawhttp://www.refworld.org/pdfid/44bf823a4.pdf
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http://ilga.org/ilga/en/countries/GHANA/Law http://www.refworld.org/pdfid/44bf823a4.pdf
Reports (3)
  • All information is correct, just adding sources "https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/886465/GHANA_SOGIE_CPIN_v2.0.pdf"
  • Status is not correct "Sodomy, which is a sexual ac, is illegal but homosexuality which is a sexual attraction is not illegal since it’s not recognized by the law. Lesbians are homosexuals but they do not engage in sodomy. Heterosexuals can engage in sodomy but does that make heterosexuality illegal? No. It makes only the sexual act illegal. "
  • Status is not correct "it is only male that is illegal. please delete it."

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