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Comply with Human Rights Protection Principles – Deputy CHRAJ Boss >
Deputy Commissioner for the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Madam Mercy Larbi, has advised Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to comply with principles in the implementation and protection of rights and freedoms of all persons.
These principles when ignored, she explained, can lead to the violation of the human rights of the vulnerable including women and children which may in turn, consequently result in arbitrary arrests of people by security agencies. Speaking at a two-day workshop aimed at fostering collaboration between national human rights institutions (NHRIs) and CSOs in Africa, Madam Mercy stressed on the need for a legal framework to be instituted so as to ensure the protection of human rights defenders while putting in place the needed measures that would enhance collaboration between the NHRIs and CSOs...
Ghana: Constitutional Review - It Must Fix Flaws in Society - Justice Brobbey >

Constitutional review should not tackle only one arm of government but also the others as well as all the flaws in society, says a retired Supreme Court Judge, Mr. Justice Stephen Alan Brobbey. According to Justice Brobbey, there is the need for a wider stakeholder engagement and thinking on the review in order not to focus on only one aspect of governance such as the judiciary to the neglect of all the flaws in society that needed to be fixed. "If you have the chance to review the constitution, don't only concentrate on the judges but the sort of redundancies we have in society that we can correct and if you do that, you will have a few questions to answer," he explained...

CHRAJ to establish National Preventive Mechanism to safeguard dignity of persons detained >

The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) has commenced processes for the establishment of a National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) to safeguard the dignity and rights of persons in detainment. The NPM will be a division under CHRAJ established in accordance with the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT) and would regularly conduct visits to detention centres to observe and interrogate the living conditions of detainees.  

Mr. Joseph Akanjolenur Whittal, Commissioner of CHRAJ, said this at a stakeholder institutional meeting to solicit input into the NPM and the CHRAJ Amendment Bill 2021…

State Prosecutors call Manasseh Azure Awuni as first witness in trial of former PPA boss >

State prosecutors on Tuesday called their first witness, Manasseh Azure Awuni, in the trial of the former Public Procurement Authority (PPA) CEO, Adjenim Boateng Adjei. Mr. Boateng Adjei and his brother-in-law, Francis Arhin, have been before the Criminal Division of the Accra High Court over procurement breaches. The two, Adjenim Boateng Adjei and Frank Kwaku Arhin, have been charged by the Office of the Special Prosecutor with 18 counts of using public office for their personal gains.

Mr. Awuni tendered in his witness statement to be adopted as his evidence in chief, but the court could not adopt the statement because some of the documents attached to it were not legible enough…


EOCO recovers GH¢27.55 million in ten months – Finance Minister >

As of the end of September 2022, the Economiceand Organized Crime Office (EOCO) has recovered GH27.55 million in criminal proceeds, Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta stated at last Thursday’s hearing on the 2023 Budget. The quantity that was collected during the course of ten months is nearly twice as much as what was seized throughout 2019 and 2021. According to publicly available official data, EOCO only recovered GH4,301,262.79 in 2019, GH4,365,129.69 in 2020, and GH6,142,984.01 in 2021…


CHRAJ calls for the annulment of death penalty from Ghana’s Criminal Justice System >

Mr. Joseph Whittall, Commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), has called for the annulment of the death penalty from the Criminal Justice System in Ghana. Mr. Whittal averred those campaigns for the amendment of the provisions in Ghana’s Criminal Offences Act 1960 (Act 29), and Armed Forces Act, 1962 (Act 105) were laudable. He also asserted that the right to life was imbibed in the 1992 Constitution as the first right, and as commissioned by the Constitution to protect and promote the fundamental rights of all persons in Ghana…

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