Ghana Ghana: 2nd Periodic Report, 1993-2000

Periodic Report

Period Covered:1993 - 2000
Date Submitted: 1 September 1998
Session Considered:29th Ordinary Session
23 April - 7 May 2001. Libya

Concluding Observations

Adopted at 29th Ordinary Session, 23 April - 7 May 2001, Libya.


    The document starts with a description of Ghana and its Constitution. It then provides an overview of measures taken by Ghana to implement the Charter, with references to the Constitution, other legislation, policy objectives and case law.

    From the Conclusion:
    "In Ghana, several factors hinder the full and effective enjoyment of many of the rights and freedoms enunciated in the Charter. Notable among these are a lack of awareness of fundamental human rights, lack of a national program of public education on human rights, a patriarchal social order, and deep-seated cultural dispositions that are unfavourable
    to rights claims. Other factors include lack of funding for comprehensive mass public education on human rights and the strength of certain cultural norms, values and practices which are inimical to human rights and derogate from the dignity of the individual.
    ...
    Overall, there has been a commendable rise in Parliamentary Democracy and liberalism. On the whole human rights have improved greatly since the coming into force of the 1992 Constitution and the creation of the Commission. Arbitrary arrests and detention, etc. are gradually becoming a thing of the past. The aim of the Commission's awareness campaign is to cultivate a human rights culture among Ghanaians. Ghanaians have also witnessed generalized improvements in the scale of enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights. There is, in addition, an on-going cultural review in the country, the objective of which is to eradicate elements of our cultures and traditions which are degrading or dehumanising."

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