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UN experts urge govt to release 21 LGBTQI people arrested at Ho

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United Nations human rights experts have urged the government to release 21 suspected lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) people who were arrested for unlawful assembly at the Nurses and Midwives Hotel, Ho on May 21, 2021.

In a statement condemning the arrest and alleged arbitrary detention of the persons, the UN experts said the 21 were arrested for “defending the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse (LGBT) community”

“We are deeply concerned by the arrests of the human rights defenders. All evidence available to us points to the fact that they were detained while they were peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association,” the UN’s independent human rights experts said in a statement.

“Human rights defenders play a key role in protecting vulnerable groups from violence and discrimination and empowering them to claim their human rights. Ghana should ensure that no one is criminalised for defending the fundamental rights of LGBT people.”

The experts also pointed out that the root of the arrests allegedly lies in the criminalisation of consensual same-sex conduct.

In Ghana, same-sex sexual activity falls under the definition of “unnatural carnal knowledge”, under section 104 of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960, which imposed a maximum penalty of three years’ imprisonment.

“Detention on discriminatory grounds, including for combating violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, is arbitrary by its own nature and violates international human rights law. The Government of Ghana must release them immediately and unconditionally,” the experts said.

The UN experts are: Victor Madrigal-Borloz, Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity; Elizabeth Broderick (Chair), Melissa Upreti (Vice Chair), Dorothy Estrada-Tanck, Ivana Radačić, and Meskerem Geset Techane, Working Group on discrimination against women and girls; Irene Khan, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression; Mary Lawlor, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders; Leigh Toomey (Chair-Rapporteur), Elina Steinerte (Vice-chairperson), Mumba Malila, Miriam Estrada-Castillo, Priya Gopalan, Working Group on arbitrary detention; Clément Nyaletsossi Voule, Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association.

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Accra: Disaster looms as articulated truck skids off Kwame Nkrumah Circle overpass [Video]

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An articulated truck with registration number GT 8387 X said to be carrying gallons of engine oil has skidded off the Kwame Nkrumah circle flyover.

The accident occurred on Friday, June 11 at about 9 PM.

Andrew, an eyewitness, told TV3’s Johnnie Hughes that the brakes of the truck failed, forcing the vehicle to recess.

The driver, in an attempt to navigate the vehicle towards the rail, burst a rear tyre and lost control.

The fire service and police were at the scene as of the time of filing this report.

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Source: 3News.com

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Green Ghana: Bole becomes green under the NHIA

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The Bole District Branch of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) has today Friday June 11, 2021 planted sixty (60) trees as part of the National tree planting exercise led by the President of Ghana.

The Green Ghana project, which is a Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources initiative spearheaded by sector Minister Samuel Abu Jinapor, aimed to plant five million trees in a single day.

The Bole branch of the National Health Insurance Authority planted 60 various types of tree species on the premises of the NHIA led by the scheme Manager Mr. Mohammed Suraj-Deen and his staff.

Mr. Suraj-Deen, speaking to the media following a brief event to plant seedlings at the NHIS complex, noted that “in line with the President’s directive that government institutions and individuals should assist in greening Ghana, we have gone ahead to implement our own version of greening Ghana on the NHIS compound”.

“We planted trees which included acacias, thick and others. Already, we have started our own afforestation before the coming of greening Ghana and we are going to continue NOT only to plant trees but to take good care of them until they become matured and needs no care” Syrah-Deen added.

Earlier in June, 2021, President Akufo-Addo called on Ghanaians to plant more trees to preserve the country’s forest cover and the environment.

The President stressed that “We cannot sit by and watch as our trees, flora and fauna are wiped out. Our very existence is tied directly to the survival of trees. Without the oxygen produced by trees, we cannot survive as humans.

“Lend your support to the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources as it executes this ambitious national assignment. I will be planting a tree and I expect you too to plant one. Let us make Ghana green.

Story by: Osman Abubakari-Sadiq

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“Ghana is going to create 10,000 millionaires within the next 10 years” – Gov’t projects

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The govt of Ghana has projected that in the next ten years, Ghana will produce ten thousand millionaires.

This was made known by John Ampntuah Kumah, the Deputy Minister-designate for Finance following the policies the govt has implemented so far which is believed that in the coming years, it will yield good fruit.

According to him, this will be made possible through youth entrepreneurship, adding that tenure as Chief Executive Officer of the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (NEIP), the government provided funding to more than 9,000 businesses that can scale up to employ more people with further support.

While addressing the Parliament’s Appointment’s Committee on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, to be vetted as a Deputy Minister for Finance.

“As the Chief Executive Officer of NEIP, I oversaw the training of 45,783 businesses on various business management practices under the Presidential Business Support Programme and also disbursed funds ranging from GHC 2,000 to GHC 100,000 for 9,350 businesses. These businesses are all doing well and if more capital is injected into their businesses they can scale up and become giants in their areas,” he said.

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