This week read about activist Elya Shchemur killed in Ukraine, and the Presbyterian Church of Ghana wanting more jail time 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 Pride organization. She enlisted for the Kharkiv regional defense at the start of the Russian invasion. A Russian missile struck the regional administrative office where she was volunteering on March 1, killing her.

According to Q News, since the invasion began, local officials claim that Russian bombs have killed at least 500 people and destroyed 600 structures in Kharkiv. Despite the fact that the Russians have yet to completely encircle the city, the unrelenting bombing assault has already damaged significant infrastructure.

Shchemur, 21, was hailed as an activist and patriot by Ukraine Pride.





Presbyterian Church Wishes to Extend Jail Term For LGBT People


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The Presbyterian Church of Ghana has recommended a three-year minimum prison sentence for anybody who engages in LGBT activities in Ghana.

This suggestion was made when the church, led by a representative, presented a memorandum to the Constitutional, Legal, and Parliamentary Affairs Committee of Parliament at a public hearing on a private member's bill titled Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values.

According to Africa News, Rev. Nii Amarh Ashitey, the Presbyterian Church of Ghana's Director of Ecumenical and Social Relations, stated the punishments provided in the anti-LGBT bill presently before parliament must be sufficiently deterrent.

“As Christians, we believe in mercy and forgiveness but we equally believe that punishments are meant as deterrents not only for the offender but also for people who harbor similar intent.”


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