This week read about the activist Elya Shchemur killed in Ukraineand the The Presbyterian Church of Ghana wants more prison sentences for LGBT people.
Gay rights activist killed in Ukraine
Before the Russian invasion, Elya Shchemur, also known as Elvira, studied law. In Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, she was also a prominent member of the local organization Pride. She enlisted for the regional defense of Kharkiv at the start of the Russian invasion. A Russian missile hit the regional administrative office where she was volunteering on March 1, killing her.
According to News Q, since the start of the invasion, local officials say Russian bombs have killed at least 500 people and destroyed 600 structures in Kharkiv. Although the Russians have not yet completely surrounded the city, the incessant shelling has already damaged important infrastructure.
Shchemur, 21, was hailed as an activist and patriot by Ukraine Pride.
Presbyterian Church wants to extend jail term for LGBT people
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The Presbyterian Church of Ghana has recommended a minimum prison term of three years for anyone who engages in LGBT activities in Ghana.
The suggestion was made when the church, led by a representative, presented a memorandum to Parliament’s Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee during a public hearing on a private member’s bill titled Promoting Sexual Rights. appropriate human beings and Ghanaian family values.
According to News AfricaRev. Nii Amarh Ashitey, director of ecumenical and social relations for the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, said the penalties in the anti-LGBT bill currently before parliament must be sufficiently dissuasive.
“As Christians, we believe in mercy and forgiveness, but we also believe that punishments are meant to deter not only the offender, but also those who harbor a similar intent.”
From a same-sex couple winning in a court case to a gay dating app offering shelter to Ukrainians, this week in Int’l LGBT News