Regional Polical Analyst for Digital Good Governance Africa, Peter Bismark Kwofie has expressed worry over the failure of our leaders to periodically update Ghanaians on human rights issues in the country.
According to him, it is constitutionally required, for our presidents to update Ghanaians on human rights abuses and measures adopted by our leaders to address them.
However, they have failed to do so, he told Kwabena Agyapong on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm.
In Ghana, the most important human rights problems included trafficking in persons; exploitive child labour, including forced child labour; and harsh and life-threatening prison conditions.
Other human rights problems included the use of excessive force by police, resulting in deaths and injuries; prolonged pretrial detention; arbitrary arrest of journalists; corruption in all branches of government; violence against women and children.
Reacting to this, Mr. Kwofie noted that Article 38 requires that the President give an annual report on the human rights status of the country but our President has breached this requirement.
He said: ”there are several human rights violations in the country, but the President; since he assumed office has never spoken on any of them, he has breached the constitution. He is not the only person who has done that but successive governments have also failed to ensure that the human rights status of the country is presented before parliament. The only thing we do is the State of the Nation Address,” Mr. Kwofie who is also President of the Institute for Liberty and Policy Innovation said.