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Delta Force Fine Is Bad Precedent For Justice

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The Fine Isn’t Good For Our Nation’s Peace And Stability

The meager fine of GHC23, 400 imposed on 13 members of the delta force by a Kumasi circuit court recently is not only disappointing but a really bad precedent for the delivery of justice in Ghana and a threat to our peace and security.

We were told by the President of the country that, the thirteen (13) members of the group calling itself delta force, a vigilante group of the ruling New Patriotic Party  who were arraigned before court in March 2017 for attacking the newly appointed Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator, George Adjei, would be ruthlessly dealt with.

So many people who were very disgusted at the time by what happened were expecting adequate and befitting punishment for the group to serve as a deterrent for others.

However, that was not to be.  As a result, many Ghanaians, including the Stand Ghana team consider the small fine of GHC1,800 for each person unsatisfactory because it does not seem deterrent enough to prevent lawlessness in the country.

What is more worrying is the fact that people are complaining about the judgement being selective and discriminatory in nature; because others in similar situation but from different political party had been given harsher punishment than this.

If this kind of perception is not properly addressed by the Police & Judiciary, people will find it normal taking the law into their own hands knowing that they will not face the full rigours of the law as long as their party is in power.

This won’t be good for the government, our democracy, and definitely not good for the larger Ghanaian society.

Rose K.

For further details see: Reference

CITI FM, http://citifmonline.com/2017/10/19/delta-force-13-walk-free-after-paying-ghc23-400-fine/

END ACTS OF LAWLESSNESS IN GHANA

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top2 The Order of the Day: Boomerangs & Wrong Precedents

We wish to express our condolences to the family of Captain Maxwell Mahama, the army officer who was lynched and burnt to death by angry youth of Denkyra-Obuasi in the central region.  The unfortunate gruesome killing of this Army officer brings to mind the kind of acts of widespread lawlessness that we’ve been witnessing around the country since power changed hands after the 2016 general elections.

Capt Maxwell Mahama Lynched by Mob
Capt Maxwell Mahama Lynched by Mob

When several ordinary innocent citizens were attacked by political vigilantes most people kept quiet. Today everybody is outraged at the barbaric acts of those villagers who murdered Captain Maxwell Mahama. But when these things first started, with attacks on innocent workers at NHIS offices and toll booths nobody cared much about the plight of the affected victims nor were the perpetrators brought to book. This was simply because the victims were just ordinary citizens.   It was only when the judiciary was attacked in Kumasi that people started asking questions; even then, the perpetrators were recently set free for lack of evidence.

Is Ghana still operating under the rule of law, where everyone is supposed to be equal before the law?

This kind of happenings in the country is a cause of worry for us at Stand Ghana and should be for all well-meaning Ghanaians.  When impunity becomes the order of the day what can ordinary vulnerable citizens do?

My former Political Science Lecturer Prof. Mike Aaron Ocquaye (now the speaker of parliament) used to tell us that, policies and actions always boomerang – explaining how Nkrumah’s Preventive Detention Act (PDA) boomeranged against his own ministers some of who ended up being sent to jail by the same PDA.

When political vigilante groups were misbehaving against ordinary citizens and abusing their rights and nothing was done others are emboldened to engage in similar acts.  Now it’s the military that is at the receiving end! This is highly unacceptable in a democracy. And it must be stopped. Because, our peace and security is at stake.

What kind of precedents and standards are we setting for tomorrow? Is it one of abuse of power, sacking of public service workers with impunity, discrimination, lawlessness and the like? Let’s be honest. Is this the kind of society we want to build?

The executive, legislators, media, civil society and all other actors within the state must remember that the actions being taken and policies they make today are all setting PRECEDENTS for the future.

That is why we are calling on all, not just the authorities, that we should all be very careful and circumspect in our dealings with our fellow human beings. Let everyone be treated with decorum and respect.  And as responsible citizens, we should also be careful the kind of actions and policies we support simply because we think it’s meant for our opponents. Because, whatever we do today will boomerang whether we like it or not.

Post Written By: Rosemary Kayi

Mothers’ Day & Women’s Rights

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HAPPY MOTHERS DAY

 

Happy mothers’ day to all the hard working mothers of the human family!

On the occasion of International Mothers’ Day, we wish to congratulate all mothers for their dedication, their sacrifice, their commitment, their love and their nurturing role for the good and survival of the human family. Indeed, we all owe our lives to a mother and their worth can never be quantified – Well done mothers of the world!

We are using this opportunity to call attention to the plight of trainee nurses who have been victimised for motherhood  here in Ghana. It is wrong and absolutely unacceptable that women are still suffering discrimination even though there are laws against such acts.

Three female students of the Mampong Nurses & Midwifery Training School in the Ashianti Region of Ghana were barred from writing their nursing qualifying exams due to pregnancy, when even JHS students are being allowed to write their BECE with pregnancy.

It must be noted that discrimination on any grounds is a violation of human right. Every person in Ghana is entitled to enjoy his or her human rights and freedoms including right to education, without any distinction of any kind such as gender.

Discrimination is prohibited in article two of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and article 17 of the 1992 constitution of Ghana.  Our constitution emphatically says “A person shall not be discriminated against on grounds of gender…” – (Article 17 clause (2). So it is wrong to discriminate against a woman because of pregnancy.

We therefore add our voices to the call on the relevant authorities – The Nurses’ Council of Ghana and the Ministry of Education to quickly address this anomaly once and for all to ensure it does not happen to any other female student in Ghana.

US Refugee Travel Ban & Human Rights

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A Very Problematic Ban

The issue of banning citizens of some specific Muslim countries from entering the United States of America (USA) is very problematic indeed, not fit for purpose, and only going to be counter-productive in the long run – something we should all be concerned about.

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On Friday January 27, 2017, the new President of the United States of America, Donald Trump signed an executive order banning refugees and citizens of  certain origin “roughly 218 million people  from entering the United States”; mainly those coming from Syria, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Iran and Yemen – and still counting.

This extremely controversial Executive Order has rightly sparked nation-wide protests in the US, and received serious condemnation across the world including a statement by the UN Human Rights Chief – Zeid Ra ‘ad Al Hussein who said “Discrimination on nationality alone is forbidden under human rights law” and that “the US ban is also MEAN SPIRITED, and wastes resources needed for proper counter terrorism”, and I agree with him on both points!

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I personally consider it problematic because this is a human right issue which borders on discrimination based on origin and nationality – forbidden grounds for discrimination in human rights law.

According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) – Dec 10 1948, discrimination against any person based on his or her nationality is prohibited in article two of this all important human rights document.

Article 2 clearly states: “Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.”

And, in article 14 of the UDHR, “Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.”

I strongly believe that this very article two which disallows discrimination is fundamental to the protection of the human rights of all persons; and is at the heart of creating a fairer and meaningful society for everyone.

I also consider this ban very problematic because America is often at the forefront of promoting the culture of human rights in other countries, even to the extent of punishing those who don’t want to comply. How then can we reconcile this ban with their stand on human rights?

I would like to remind Mr President Donald Trump that when it comes to the agenda of human rights promotion, he cannot pick and choose which rights to promote or not.

We should rather look for  better and workable solutions to global terrorism. This one is not fit for purpose.

 

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