Scottish First Minister brings up importance of LGBTI rights with Ghanaian President

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon raised Ghana’s poor LGBTI rights record with John Dramani Mahama, the West African country’s president, during his trade visit to Edinburgh on Thursday.  Homosexuality is illegal in Ghana, and according to Amnesty International LGBTI people are regularly subjected to police harassment it the country.

According to a government spokesman, in her meeting with President Mahama, Sturgeon “raised the importance of the Commonwealth values of humanity, equality and tolerance, and there was a specific discussion on LGBTI rights.”

Sturgeon, of the Scottish National Party, is the head of Scotland’s devolved government within the United Kingdom.  In recent years the Scottish government has been a major proponent of LGBTI rights, legalizing same-sex marriage and providing millions of pounds in funding to LGBTI organizations.

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