Amnesty lnternational launches Report of State of the World Human Rights 2021/2022
The Global State of Human Rights Report covers a comprehensive analysis of the State of Human Rights situations in our world today covering 154 countries including Ghana.
The Global Perspective according to the Secretary General of Amnesty international in
the person of Agnes Callmard 2021 should have been a year of healing and recuperation.
Mr. George Aggrey Board Chair of Amnesty International Ghana speaking to the press said in Africa only 8% of people were fully vaccinated by the end of the year 2021 and that the lockdown was measured to cut Covid-19 infections which led to the increase of sexual and gender based violence.
In over 12 countries,security forces fired live ammunitions at protesters resulting in the death of more than 100 and more than 1000 people were injured.
The LGBT people continue to face harassment,arrest, and prosecution for their real or perceived sexual orientation or identity in Africa.
In the case of Ghana in 2021, cases of excessive use of force were reported, the prison remained overcrowded, women continued to suffer discrimination and gender based violence.
Attacks against LGBTI people intensified, forced evictions left some people homeless.
Excessive and unnecessary use of force by the security forces were several incidents of excessive and unnecessary use of force by the security forces.
Media houses reported how the National Security Operatives assaulted Journalist Peter Tabiri on the 7th May as he reported on a casino raid.The operatives allegedly kicked, slapped and poured water on him injuring his right ear.
On the 11th May , National Security Operatives arrested and allegedly assaulted reporter Caleb Judah of Citi FM after they found him filming abandoned state funded vehicles within their premises.
Arbitrary arrests and detentions, on the 14th January a police officer arrested Selorm Gborbidzi, a reporter from Accra based newspaper – The Finder after he started filming a scuffle between the officer and the driver of a commercial vehicle.
He was later released after four hours and charged with obstruction of justice,illegally filming a police officer on duty and insulting police officer.
Inhuman Prison conditions continued according to the Director General of the Prisons Services, as of 24th June 2021 the total prison population was 13,200 despite an authorized capacity.
Forced evictions, the Greater Accra Regional Minister Hon. Henry Quartey ‘Let’s Make Accra Work”campaign involved demolishing illegal structures.
As part of the campaign,on 5th July, authorized demolished homes of people living in the Railway quarters along Graphic Road in Accra, making them homeless.
Former residents told the media they were not given adequate notice,in the same month about 3,000 woodworkers at Kaase- Anloga in the Asokwa Municipality, Ashanti Region, who had been operating in the area for decades were requested to vacate the area.
Government allegedly sold the land to a private company,the woodworkers stated that it would deprived them of an adequate place to work, affecting their livelihood.
LGBTI people rights, discrimination against them intensified.In February police officers searched and closed the recently inaugurated office of LGBT+ Rights Ghana, a non- profit organization.
Amnesty international’s vision is of world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other International human rights instruments.
As a Human movement, they recognise that Chapter 5 of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana establishes fundamental rights and freedoms which shall be respected and upheld by the Executive Legislature and Judiciary and all other departments and agencies of Government.