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Human Rights Concerns

Following the election that brought in President John Evans Atta Mills to power, Amnesty International presented him human rights agenda articulating the outstanding human rights conditions that will help boost the human rights advances Ghana has made over the past decades.

The areas of urgent concern that Amnesty International included in the human rights agenda for Ghana are:

  • Abolition of the death penalty;
  • Significant reductions in the severe level of over-crowding in Ghana's prisons and other places of detention;
  • Eradicating the widespread violence against women and legislative reforms to ensure equal rights for men and women;
  • Stopping and preventing the practice of forced evictions that have deprived hundreds of men, women and children of their homes and, in most cases, livelihoods;
  • Ending illegal detention and ensuring prompt and fair trials for the thousands of prisoners awaiting trial — often for periods longer than the maximum sentence prescribed for their alleged offence;
  • Putting an end to mob violence, which has led to the killings of dozens of people in recent times;
  • Full compliance with Ghana's international and regional human rights obligations and commitments, as explicitly set out in the treaties it has ratified.
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February 22, 2016 • Press Release

Amnesty International’s Annual State of the World Report Slams Governments, Including the U.S., for Global Assault on Freedoms

On the launch of its 2015 State of the World report, Amnesty International USA urged President Obama to use his last year in office to bring U.S. laws and policies in line with international human rights standards.

February 18, 2016 • Report

Amnesty International State of the World 2015-2016

International protection of human rights is in danger of unravelling as short-term national self-interest and draconian security crackdowns have led to a wholesale assault on basic freedoms and rights, warned Amnesty International as it launched its annual assessment of human rights around the world. “Your rights are in jeopardy: they are being treated with utter contempt by many governments around the world,” said Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International.

February 18, 2016 • Press Release

Your rights in jeopardy, global assault on freedoms, warns Amnesty International

International protection of human rights is in danger of unravelling as short-term national self-interest and draconian security crackdowns have led to a wholesale assault on basic freedoms and rights, warned Amnesty International as it launched its annual assessment of human rights around the world. “Your rights are in jeopardy: they are being treated with utter contempt by many governments around the world,” said Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International.

February 25, 2015 • Report

State of the World 2014/2015

This has been a devastating year for those seeking to stand up for human rights and for those caught up in the suffering of war zones. Governments pay lip service to the importance of protecting civilians. And yet the world's politicians have miserably failed to protect those in greatest need. Amnesty International believes that this can and must finally change.

May 20, 2013 • Report

Annual Report: Ghana 2013

Republic of Ghana Head of state and government John Dramani Mahama Over 1,000 people were forcibly evicted from their homes in the capital, Accra. Thousands more remained at risk of forced eviction. Violence continued against people suspected of same-sex relationships, who still had little or no legal protection. There were no executions. The death penalty …

June 16, 2011 • Report

Annual Report: Ghana 2011

Head of state and government: John Evans Atta Mills Death penalty: abolitionist in practice Population: 24.3 million Life expectancy: 57.1 years Under-5 mortality (m/f): 119/115 per 1,000 Adult literacy: 65.8 per cent Threats to freedom of expression grew. Thousands of people were forcibly evicted and thousands remained under threat of forced eviction. The criminal justice …

May 31, 2011 • Press Release

Ghana law change would aid slum dwellers

Ghana’s constitution must be amended to protect housing rights and ensure that tens of thousands of slum dwellers are not threatened with homelessness, Amnesty International said in a document released today.

May 31, 2011 • Press Release

Ghana law change would aid slum dwellers

Ghana’s constitution must be amended to protect housing rights and ensure that tens of thousands of slum dwellers are not threatened with homelessness, Amnesty International said in a document released today.

March 19, 2011 • Report

Annual Report: Ghana 2010

Head of state and government John Evans Atta Mills (replaced John Agyekum Kufuor in January) Death penalty abolitionist in practice Population 23.8 million Life expectancy 56.5 years Under-5 mortality (m/f)119/115 per 1,000 Adult literacy 65 per cent Prison conditions remained poor. Seven people were sentenced to death, but 14 death sentences were commuted to life …