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The increase in crime rate in ghana



Ghana has become a significant trans-shipment point for illegal drugs, particularly cocaine from South America and heroin from Afghanistan. Ghana has taken limited steps to combat illicit trafficking of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances. Trafficking has also fueled increasing domestic drug consumption. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has an office in the Embassy and works closely with the Narcotics Control Board, which coordinates government counter-narcotics efforts. These activities include enforcement and control, education, treatment, rehabilitation, and reintegration. Penalties for possessing, using, or trafficking in illegal drugs in Ghana are severe; convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines. The use of illegal drugs procured in Ghana may have life-threatening consequences. There have been several deaths of U.S. citizens resulting from the use of narcotics procured locally.

Women and girls from China, Nigeria, Côte d'Ivoire, and Burkina Faso have been subjected to forced prostitution after arriving in Ghana.[2] Citizens from other West African countries are subjected to forced labor in Ghana in agriculture or involuntary domestic servitude.[2] Trafficking victims endure extremes of harsh treatment, including long hours, debt bondage, lack of pay, physical risks, and sexual abuse.

Ghana is a country of origin, transit, and destination for women and children subjected to trafficking in persons, specifically forced labor and forced prostitution.[2] The nonconsensual exploitation of Ghanaian citizens, particularly children, is more common than the trafficking of foreign migrants.[2] The movement of internally trafficked children is either from rural to urban areas, or from one rural area to another, as from farming to fishing communities.

U.S. citizens frequently consult the U.S. Embassy regarding questionable business offers originating or claiming to originate from Ghana. Perpetrators of business fraud often target foreigners, including U.S. citizens. Such fraudulent schemes are now prevalent throughout West Africa. Business scams typically begin with an unsolicited communication (usually by e-mail) from an unknown individual who pitches a business opportunity promising quick financial gain. These “opportunities” usually involve the transfer of a large sum of money or valuables out of the country and the payment of a series of “advance fees,” such as fees to open a bank account or to pay certain taxes in order to complete the transaction; however, the final payoff never occurs. The purpose of the scams is to collect money from the victim through these fees. The Embassy has received reports of fraudulent charities soliciting contributions via the internet or direct mail. If you receive business offers or charity requests, particularly unsolicited ones, carefully check out the requesting entity before committing any funds, providing any goods or services, or undertaking any travel.

In Accra and other urban areas, thieves and armed robbers target motorists using ruses to extort money. In some cases, robbers have intentionally caused minor accidents or pretended to be hit in order to get vehicles to stop. Others have attempted to “warn” drivers of a mechanical problem or flat tire. Maintain sufficient distance between your vehicle and the one ahead while stopped in traffic to enable evasive action and to avoid being in a situation where criminals box you in.

Local drivers do not abide by the rules of the road, and police enforce traffic laws unevenly, even in major cities. Excessive speeding, unpredictable driving behavior, and lack of adherence to basic safety standards for local vehicles are widespread. Many vehicles are unlicensed, and most drivers lack basic driver training or insurance. Use defensive driving techniques, including maintaining sufficient following distances to avoid accidents.

Property crimes against foreigners remain a concern, especially residential burglaries and vehicle theft. Carjacking occurs sporadically; on average fewer than 10 incidents occur each month nationwide, half of which happen in the Greater Accra Region. There have been burglary attempts against expatriate residences, but perpetrators generally lack the sophistication required to overcome home alarm systems and security guards. Guard dogs have also been known to scare off intruders. Robbers may wait outside houses to ambush residents as they enter or exit the property.


HRRG Executive Director Devastated by Alleged Child Marriage Involving 63-Year-Old Priest and 12-Year-Old Girl

Executive Director of Human Rights Reporters Ghana (HRRG), Joseph Kobla Wemakor was left in disbelief and outrage after a video surfaced online showing a 63-year-old priest marrying a 12-year-old girl in what seemed to be a ceremonial event.

Wemakor expressed his shock during an interview on the Good Afternoon Ghana Show on Metro TV on Wednesday April 3, 2024.

Upon viewing the viral video, Wemakor and his organization promptly condemned the alleged marriage scandal, highlighting the disturbing nature of the footage where the MC was heard urging the young girl to fulfill her marital duties to her much older husband.

The significant age gap and the concerning content of the video prompted activists like Wemakor to call for immediate intervention by the authorities.

During the interview, Wemakor stressed the importance of annulling the marriage and holding all involved parties accountable. He emphasized the urgency of conducting thorough investigations into the circumstances surrounding the relationship.

These sentiments were echoed in a press release issued by HRRG on April 2, 2024, condemning the exploitation of the young girl under the guise of tradition.

In response to public outcry, the Office of Gborbu Wulomo organized a press briefing to provide clarity on the ceremonial proceedings. Rev. Dr. Daniel Nii Gyasi Ankrah disclosed that the girl, Naa Okromo, was destined to fulfill a sacred role as the future occupant of the revered stool of Naa Yoomo Ayemuede, a position deeply entrenched in tradition and lineage.

Wemakor continued to advocate for justice and transparency, emphasizing the crucial need for a comprehensive understanding of the rituals and customs associated with such practices to prevent misinformation and safeguard vulnerable individuals.

On the show, Hon. Edwin Nii Lante Vanderpuye, an indigene of the Ga-dangbe land and a panelist clarified that the girl was not being married to Gborbu Wulomo but rather to the Gborbu deity, underscoring the significance of comprehending the cultural context and traditions of the Ga-Dangbe community.

The unfolding events sparked a national debate on the interpretation of cultural norms and the protection of children's rights in Ghana.

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HRRG CEO Joseph Wemakor makes his third appearance on Metro TV to tackle human rights issues

Renowned human rights advocate and influential journalist, Joseph Kobla Wemakor, is slated to make his third appearance on the popular Metro TV “Morning Rush" show, where he will shine a spotlight on critical human rights issues affecting Ghanaians this time around, with a focus on Ghana's ongoing toilet crisis.

Wemakor, known for his passionate advocacy on social justice issues, will utilize this platform to draw attention to the pressing challenges faced by many in the country due to inadequate access to proper sanitation facilities.

The upcoming appearance on the show is expected to provide a crucial opportunity for Wemakor to address the far-reaching implications of the toilet crisis in Ghana.

With a focus on the fundamental right to clean and safe sanitation, Wemakor aims to underscore the impact of this crisis on public health, particularly in the context of the ongoing global pandemic.

His advocacy will also emphasize the disproportionate burden placed on women and girls, who often bear the brunt of the lack of adequate toilet facilities.

Ghana, like many developing nations, continues to grapple with systemic issues related to sanitation and access to clean water.

Wemakor's unwavering dedication to human rights causes has positioned him as a leading voice in advocating for the rights of those affected by these disparities.

His upcoming appearance on the "Metro TV Morning Rush" show is expected to serve as a catalyst for raising awareness and stimulating meaningful dialogue around crucial human rights issues impacting Ghanaians particularly this critical issue.

To enrich the conversation and make it more enlightening, inspiring, and educative, Wemakor is expected to be joined on the same panel by Ing. George Asiedu, Coordinator of the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) Sanitation and Water Project (SWP).

Source: Elizabeth Bombande


CEO of Reroy Cables Ghana Ltd. honored by President Akufo-Addo with prestigious award

The President of the Republic of Ghana, H. E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has honored Dr. Mrs. Kate Quartey – Papafio, Chief Executive Officer of Reroy Cables Ghana Limited, for demonstrating excellence in leadership, business, and entrepreneurship; supporting youth development; and championing and advancing gender empowerment and diversity in Africa.

Dr. Mrs. Kate Quartey- Papafio, was presented with the Legacy and GADIA State Award 2023 at a colorful event that was well attended by top CEOs and high-profile personalities at the Office of the President last Friday, December 15, 2023.

Dr. Mrs. Kate Quartey-Papafio is a remarkable businesswoman who has made a mark in the cable manufacturing business in Ghana and the entire African Sub-region.

She has transcended societal boundaries and captured a dream meant for men. She started Reroy Cables about 27 years ago as a distribution company.

Over the years, her unrelenting spirit, hard work, and tenacity catapulted her into the manufacturing business of high-quality cables and conductors for domestic and industrial use.

Reroy Cables further gave birth to the other four engineering entities, i.e., Reroy Power; Reroy Metal; Reroy Energy, and Reroy Infrastructure, and all these operate under the patronage of Reroy Group. Kate’s company has created job opportunities and training and has contributed immensely to the socio-economic capital of Sub-Saharan Africa.

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She founded the Ghanaian cable manufacturing giant Reroy Cables Ltd. in 1992 to distribute high-quality electrical cables, and as of today, Reroy Cables represents the repositioning of one of the iconic brand names in Ghana’s cable manufacturing and Aluminum application industries, which goes beyond its basic power cable business to deliver a complete power solution.

As a major player in the production and distribution of power cables and conductors, the provision of electrical power distribution systems, and strategic contract services to the electricity sector, its business is also linked to electricity distribution and transmission.

Reroy has expanded its manufacturing capabilities in Ghana to optimize its global business portfolio and is exploring further geographic deployments and business ventures across the Sub region. Over the last two decades, she has led Reroy to build a brand that has now become synonymous with our core values of excellence, integrity, and continuous improvement.

In view of the increasing complexity and dynamic nature of current challenges facing many of the world's economies, she has led Reroy to focus part of their investments on the development of specialized human resources and a technological base.

Today, Reroy can confidently boast of a client-focused approach underpinned by responsiveness and keen attention to detail as the hallmarks of her service.

For her enormous efforts, she has received many awards, both home and abroad, for her significant contribution towards the growth of Africa’s power sector. Kate’s unique leadership style has earned her representation at these highly prestigious institutions:

· Commissioner on Women and Children

· Commonwealth Business Council

· European Business

· Lionesses of Africa

· Ghana Chamber of Commerce

· Association of Ghana Industries

· Ghana Real Estate Developers Association

· Ghana Electrical Dealers Association

· Fellow at the Ghana Institution of Engineers

· Hall of Fame member Ghana Entrepreneurs Foundation

Reroy has qualified professionals who are very diligent, hardworking, and competent at what they do.

The workforce has a mixture of Nationals and Expatriates who ensure they deliver quality with high levels of efficiency.

The team has contributed significantly to the country’s power by helping in the expansion of electricity access to most of the rural communities in Ghana by producing high-quality electrical cables and conductors using the purest raw materials from very reputable suppliers.

Reroy has significantly contributed to the expansion of electricity in the Rural areas of Ghana under the Self-Help Electrification Project (SHEP), and the company is currently supporting the country’s Power Utility Sector by producing high-quality cables and conductors to ensure the utility providers distribute uninterrupted power to every single area in the country that is connected to the National Grid.


Currently, she has employed a group of young ladies who have pursued careers in engineering to complement the sets of male engineers working at Reroy Cables. This passion was fuelled by her appointment as a Private Sector representative on the Sustainable Development Goals Advisory Group, mandated to ensure Ghana achieve Goal 5 (Gender Equality) and Goal 10 (Reduced Inequalities).


On October 18, 2014, she was crowned the Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana (CIMG) Marketing Woman of the Year 2013 and, on December 12, 2014, adjudged the winner in the Entrepreneurship category at the maiden edition of the Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah African Genius Award.

Reroy Cables Limited was adjudged the Manufacturing Company of the Year 2014 at the National Marketing Awards organized by the Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana. Other achievements include the Ernst & Young West Africa Entrepreneur of the Year Award, 2013; Africa’s most influential Women in business & government Awards 2013; CEO Communications Limited, South Africa; and the 3rd Ghana-Africa Business Awards, 2008.

Kate was a panel member at the 2015 Global African Investment Summit in the UK.

The European Business Assembly recently adjudged her the Best Manager. At the same ceremony, her company, Reroy Cables Ltd., was named the Best Enterprise.

Congratulations to Dr. Mrs. Kate Quartey-Papafio; we are proud of her.


Human Rights Reporters Ghana sensitizes Kiddy’s Garden School of UPCO on Human Rights Day 2023

On Human Rights Day 2023, a significant educational outreach unfolded as Human Rights Reporters Ghana (HRRG), a prominent non-governmental organization dedicated to the promotion and protection of human rights, conducted a sensitization program at Kiddy's Garden School of UPCO.

The event, part of HRRG's mandate to educate the youth on their rights and responsibilities, aimed to instill in students an understanding of human rights concepts and the importance of upholding these rights in their daily lives.

The program, carefully curated to correspond with the global theme of Human Rights Day, offered an array of activities designed to engage students and staff in meaningful dialogue about the significance of human rights.

The HRRG team led by its executive director, Mr. Joseph Kobla Wemakor, equipped with educational materials and expertise, provided age-appropriate presentations that covered a range of topics from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Sustainable Development Goals to practical ways children can be human rights advocates within their communities.

Participants were introduced to the history and relevance of Human Rights Day, which is celebrated annually on December 10th to commemorate the United Nations General Assembly's adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.

The declaration, a milestone document in human rights history, sets forth fundamental human rights to be universally protected.

The interactive sessions facilitated by HRRG at Kiddy's Garden School of UPCO highlighted how human rights are intertwined with the daily lives of students.

Specifically, the emphasis was on the rights to education, freedom of expression, and protection from discrimination - all pertinent to the school environment.

By doing so, HRRG inspired a young audience to recognize their role in nurturing a culture of respect and equality both within the school setting and in the broader society.

Moreover, the program offered an invaluable opportunity for students to learn about instances where human rights can be compromised and how to respond to such situations.

It also prompted discussions on the responsibilities that accompany these rights, thus fostering a sense of citizenship and accountability among the young participants.

Beyond students, the sensitization effort extended to educators and staff at Kiddy's Garden School of UPCO.

HRRG conveyed the importance of a rights-based approach to teaching and administration within educational institutions.

Teachers were encouraged to incorporate human rights education into their curricula, ensuring that the promotion of human dignity and respect becomes a cornerstone of learning.

As Human Rights Day 2023 concluded, the impact of the sensitization effort by Human Rights Reporters Ghana at Kiddy's Garden School of UPCO was apparent.

The over 600 participants emerged more informed about their rights and empowered to act as agents of change in advocating for human rights.

In conclusion, the collaboration between HRRG and Kiddy's Garden School of UPCO on Human Rights Day 2023 has undoubtedly strengthened the foundation for human rights education among the youth.

By educating the future custodians of society about their rights, responsibilities, and the significance of human rights observance, HRRG has contributed to the cultivation of a generation that is more just, empathetic, and aware of the imperative to uphold the dignity of all individuals.

Source: Elizabeth Bombande


Video: Joseph Wemakor on fight against galamsey and Aisha Huang's verdict on GBC’s Reporters Round Table show

In a recent episode of GBC’s Reporters Round Table Show, Executive Director of Human Rights Reporters Ghana, Joseph Kobla Wemakor, offered an in-depth analysis of the fight against illegal mining in Ghana, known locally as "galamsey," and the verdict related to Aisha Huang, a notorious figure associated with these illegal activities.

The discussion highlighted the complexities and the government’s stance on combating this environmental menace.

Illegal mining poses a significant threat to the environment and economy of Ghana.

The activities associated with galamsey have been responsible for the destruction of water bodies, the decimation of forest reserves, and the pollution of the ecosystem.

The socioeconomic implications are vast, as these illicit operations have hindered sustainable development and adversely affected local livelihoods.

The case of Aisha Huang represents a focal point of the galamsey conversation due to her notoriety as a Chinese national deeply involved in illegal mining operations in Ghana.

Known colloquially as the "Galamsey Queen," Huang's activities have been under the microscope as the Ghanaian government seeks to assert its position against foreign nationals flouting local laws and engaging in environmental degradation.

Wemakor’s contribution to the discussion on GBC’s platform dissected the progression of Aisha Huang’s case, from her initial arrest and deportation in 2018 to her re-arrest in 2022 after she reportedly sneaked back into the country.

Wemakor underscored the challenges faced by the judiciary and immigration systems in ensuring that such high-profile cases are addressed with the full weight of the law.

The verdict on Aisha Huang sends a message across various fronts. Internally, it is a reassurance to the Ghanaian populace that the government is committed to safeguarding their natural resources and enforcing law and order.

But Wemakor thinks otherwise. He argues that the four and a half year’s jail term Aisha was slapped with by the Accra High Court is not enough in commensurate to the gravity of her offense, as well as to serve as a deterrent to other foreigners and Ghanaians from engaging in illegal mining in the country.

The HRRG boss emphasized the importance of collaboration between government agencies, regulatory bodies, and the local communities in the fight against galamsey.

He pointed out that while law enforcement and legal actions are critical, the battle against illegal mining also depends on sustainable and inclusive alternatives for individuals who depend on these activities for their livelihood.

In conclusion, Wemakor’s analysis on GBC’s Reporters Round Table Show provided a comprehensive perspective on the current state of the combat against galamsey and underscored the importance of upholding the rule of law when dealing with perpetrators, regardless of their nationality or social status.

The overarching sentiment from the discussion was that maintaining environmental integrity and promoting legal mining practices should remain top priorities for Ghana’s government and citizens alike.

The commitment to fighting illegal mining, as evidenced by the discourse around Aisha Huang’s case, must translate into continuous action and strengthened policies to achieve the goal of eradicating galamsey in Ghana.

Watch video on the discussion here:


Deep reflections of human rights status in Ghana on Human Rights Day 2023

Do fundamental human rights exist in Ghana? This article reviews the human rights status in the Republic of Ghana, giving details on the nation's commitment to upholding these fundamental principles as well as some existing violations that persist in the country.

Human rights are fundamental rights that all persons have, regardless of their citizenship, location of residence, sex, ethnicity, race, color, religion, language, or any other status.

Commonly referred to as inalienable fundamental rights, a person is intrinsically entitled to them merely by virtue of being a human being.

Human rights are as old as human civilization; however, their application and importance have been clearly defined in recent years.

It gained increased significance, especially following the adoption of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on December 10, 1948, after the Second World War.

Ghana, a West African nation with a rich cultural heritage and a history of political stability, has made significant strides in promoting and protecting human rights.

The independence movement led by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, who became Ghana's first Prime Minister and later first president, marked a significant milestone in the decolonization of Africa and inspired other nations on the continent to seek self-determination and freedom from colonial powers.

Ghana's commitment to human rights is evident in its legal framework, with the 1992 Constitution serving as the supreme law.

The constitution guarantees a range of fundamental human rights, including the right to life, dignity, and equality before the law.

Additionally, Ghana is a party to various international conventions, such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), demonstrating its dedication to global human rights standards.

As the world comes together to celebrate World Human Rights Day 2023, it is imperative to shine a spotlight on the human rights challenges faced by the nation of Ghana.

While Ghana has made significant strides in various domains, a critical examination reveals persistent human rights issues that demand our collective attention and action.

Over the years, Ghana has made some significant achievements regarding issues of human rights. Some of which include:

Political Stability and Democratic Governance: Ghana has a commendable record of democratic governance, with peaceful transitions of power through transparent elections.

This political stability contributes to the protection of civil and political rights, fostering an environment where citizens can freely express their views and participate in the decision-making process.

Also, access to Education and Healthcare: The government has made progress in ensuring access to education and healthcare, essential components of economic, social, and cultural rights.

Efforts to improve literacy rates and provide healthcare services contribute to the overall well-being of Ghanaians, aligning with international human rights principles.

Moreover, Ghana has taken steps to address gender inequality with legislative measures and policies aimed at promoting women's rights.

While challenges persist, such as gender-based violence and traditional norms, the government's commitment to initiatives like the Affirmative Action Bill demonstrates a proactive approach to advancing gender equality.

However, there have been some setbacks in the fight for human rights, despite the achievements made in promoting human rights in the country.

Freedom of expression, a fundamental human right and a cornerstone of any democracy, is facing threats in Ghana.

Journalists and activists have encountered censorship, harassment, and restrictions, hindering their ability to express dissent and investigate matters of public interest.

On this year’s Human Rights Day, which is being celebrated with the theme: “Freedom, Equality, and Justice for All," it is crucial to recognize the importance of a free press and advocate for an environment where individuals can freely express their opinions without fear of reprisal.

Secondly, instances of police brutality and the excessive use of force have raised concerns about citizens' safety and their rights to live free from arbitrary violence.

World Human Rights Day serves as a poignant reminder to address systemic issues within law enforcement agencies, promoting accountability, transparency, and the protection of citizens' rights.

Comprehensive police reform is essential to ensuring that law enforcement agencies serve and protect the communities they are entrusted to serve.

Moreover, discrimination based on gender, ethnicity, and other factors persists in Ghana, impeding the realization of a truly inclusive society.

As we celebrate this year’s Human Rights Day, let us commit to dismantling discriminatory practices and promoting equal opportunities for all.

Empowering marginalized communities and fostering diversity will contribute to a more just and harmonious nation.

Also, child labour remains a pervasive issue in sectors such as agriculture and mining, depriving children of their right to education and a proper childhood.

Human Rights Day is an opportune moment to renew our commitment to eradicating child labour through comprehensive policies and robust enforcement.

Protecting the rights of children ensures a brighter and more equitable future for Ghana. Furthermore, limited access to quality education, especially in rural areas, perpetuates cycles of poverty and inequality.

As we mark Human Rights Day 2023, let us prioritize initiatives that ensure every child has the opportunity to receive a quality education.

Education is not only a fundamental right but also a powerful tool for breaking the chains of poverty and building a more just society.

Again, while Ghana has made progress in healthcare, disparities persist, particularly in rural areas. Human Rights Day 2023 calls for a renewed commitment to ensuring universal access to quality healthcare.

By addressing healthcare inequalities, we can safeguard the right to health for all citizens and promote a healthier, more resilient nation.

Additionally, issues related to land rights, often linked to large-scale development projects, have led to the forced displacement of communities.

On this year’s Human Rights Day, let us advocate for policies that protect the rights of individuals and communities to their land. Striking a balance between development and human rights is essential for fostering sustainable growth that benefits all citizens.

Finally, bribery and corruption undermine the rule of law and hamper the effective enjoyment of human rights.

As we mark this year's International Human Rights Day, efforts to strengthen institutions and promote transparency are essential to addressing issues of bribery and corruption.

Although governments are responsible for maintaining peace, security, and human protection, civil society organizations (CSOs) have also contributed to the immense fight for human rights in Ghana as a way of supporting governments in maintaining peace and security.

Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) are groups or associations that operate independently of government or for-profit businesses.

In the fight for human rights, CSOs provide crucial research to assist governments in comprehending and addressing issues and requirements locally.

Among other human rights advocacy groups vigorously championing issues of human rights in Ghana, the Human Rights Reporters Ghana-NGO (HRRG), a dynamic rights organization globally recognized for its immense advocacy for human rights in Ghana and beyond, stood high in its pursuit in the fight for human rights.

World Human Rights Day serves as a powerful reminder that the pursuit of human rights is a collective responsibility.

This year’s Human Rights Day provides a momentous occasion for people worldwide to reflect on the state of human rights.

Ghana, known for its history as the first African country to gain independence in 1957, prides itself on its efforts to champion human rights. However, serious reflection is warranted on the progress and ongoing challenges the nation faces in this critical arena.

Ghana has ratified numerous international human rights treaties, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).

The country's 1992 constitution also incorporates comprehensive bills of rights that cover everything from the right to life and freedom of expression to social and cultural rights.

Despite structural efforts, challenges persist.

The U.S. Department of State's 2022 Human Rights Reports highlighted concerns about unlawful or arbitrary killings by the government or its agents, harsh and life-threatening prison conditions, and significant problems with the independence of the judiciary.

There are also reports of societal violence, especially toward women, and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Freedom of expression, a cornerstone of democratic societies, has come under threat.

Journalists in Ghana face various forms of intimidation and violence, and in 2023, concerns have skyrocketed regarding the safety of investigative journalists.

The notable impunity surrounding crimes against journalists continues to restrict press freedom and suggests a need for enhanced enforcement of protections.

On the economic front, Ghana's informal sector, which accommodates a majority of the workforce, faces ongoing challenges, with limited access to social protections and labour rights.

Child trafficking and labour also remain pressing issues, particularly in the agricultural and mining sectors and in fishing communities.

On a brighter note, Ghana has taken strides in some areas.

The country's collaborative efforts with international partners have led to initiatives to reduce child labour and promote the rights of the disabled.

Increased public discourse on LGBTQ+ rights, despite the societal stigma, marks a shift towards recognition of the need for inclusivity and equality, although this debate remains highly contentious.

Women's rights have seen improvements, with initiatives aimed at increasing female leadership and political participation.

The Representation of the People's Amendment Law (ROPAL), aiming to empower more women in politics, and the passage of the Affirmative Action Bill into law are steps in the right direction.

The Affirmative Action Bill is a proposed piece of legislation that seeks to provide gender parity in Ghanaian politics. The bill aims to increase women's participation in decision-making positions by proposing that at least 40% of public offices be reserved for women.

On International Human Rights Day, Ghana finds itself at a crossroads.

The commitment to human rights ideals is evident, but the road to realizing these rights for all citizens is fraught with obstacles.

Continued vigilance, advocacy, and reform by government bodies, civil society, and the international community remain crucial in addressing human rights deficits and ensuring that Ghana's constitutional promises translate into tangible results for every Ghanaian.

As we pause to reflect on this day, it is imperative that these issues not only be acknowledged but actively addressed.

Moving forward, Ghana must strengthen its institutional frameworks, enforce existing laws, and, importantly, ensure the protection of human rights defenders.

International Human Rights Day serves not only as a day of reflection but also as a call to action—a reminder of the collective responsibility to uphold and champion the dignity and rights inherent to all.

As we mark this year’s World Human Rights Day, HRRG wishes to call on the government and all stakeholders to collaborate and eradicate human rights violations persisting in the country.

With its zeal for promoting the fundamental rights of the people of Ghana and beyond, HRRG is ready and willing to collaborate among stakeholders and governments towards the fight for human rights.

In conclusion, through collaborative efforts, Ghana can serve as an inspiring example of a society that cherishes the dignity and rights of its people.

As we celebrate this year’s Human Rights Day, let us stand together for a more just and brighter future for all.

By Joseph Kobla Wemakor

The writer is a staunch human rights activist, National SDGs Champion, and Founder/Executive Director of Human Rights Reporters Ghana (HRRG).


HRRG calls for renewed action to end human rights violations in commemoration of Human Rights Day 2023.

In commemoration of Human Rights Day 2023, Human Rights Reporters Ghana (HRRG), a dynamic media and human rights advocacy group, emphasizes the urgent need for all and sundry to vigorously aid in promoting this year’s celebration theme: “Freedom, Equality, and Justice for All," not only in words but in concrete actions and truth.

The celebration of World Human Rights Day 2023 serves as a critical moment to address pressing human rights challenges faced by our nation.

First of all, Ghana faces growing threats to freedom of expression as journalists and activists encounter censorship, harassment, and restrictions.

Secondly, instances of police brutality and excessive use of force raise concerns about citizens' safety and their right to live free from arbitrary violence.

Comprehensive police reform is essential to ensure accountability, transparency, and the protection of citizens' rights.

Moreover, discrimination based on gender, ethnicity, and other factors persists, hindering the realization of a truly inclusive society.

In addition, child labor remains a pervasive issue, depriving children of their right to education and a proper childhood.

We therefore call for a renewed commitment to eradicating child labor through comprehensive policies and robust enforcement.

Additionally, we emphasize the importance of prioritizing initiatives that ensure every child has the opportunity to receive a quality education, breaking the cycles of poverty and inequality.

Finally, disparities in healthcare persist, particularly in rural areas.

On World Human Rights Day 2023, we are equally calling for concerted efforts and a commitment to ensuring universal access to quality healthcare.

By addressing healthcare inequalities, we can safeguard the right to health for all citizens and promote a healthier, more resilient nation.

These and many other issues of human rights violations still persist in the country and must be holistically addressed.

In conclusion, Human Rights Reporters Ghana (HRRG) calls for the safeguarding of these fundamental rights, which are essential for a thriving democracy.

We urge the government and stakeholders to foster an environment where individuals can express dissent and investigate matters of public interest without fear of reprisal.

We further called on the government, civil society, and all stakeholders to take concrete actions towards promoting Freedom, Equality, and Justice for All. Together, we can build a nation where human rights are respected, protected, and fulfilled.


Joseph Wemakor recognized for his commitment to gender equality

In a significant acknowledgment of his tireless advocacy for gender parity, Joseph Wemakor was awarded a citation of honor by I BELIEVE GLOBAL, an international organization known for its dedication to fostering equality and empowering women.

This honor reflects Wemakor's unwavering commitment to promoting gender equality and the substantial impact of his grassroots efforts that align closely with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 5, which targets gender equality.

Joseph Wemakor, a revered gender activist and human rights advocate, has long been recognized for his active participation in various initiatives aimed at challenging gender stereotypes and advocating for the rights of women and girls in society.

His work often involves collaborations with both local and international organizations dedicated to advancing gender equality and providing support for policies that aim to close the gender gap.

The ceremony, attended by gender advocates, civil society organizations, and representatives from the international community, provided a platform not only to celebrate Wemakor's contributions but also to reinforce the collective commitment to advancing gender equality.

The Citation of Honor bestowed upon Wemakor underscores his significant role as a catalyst for change in gender-related issues.

Wemakor's approach to gender advocacy involves a multilateral strategy that encompasses education, community engagement, and the push for policy reforms.

He has been instrumental in organizing workshops, seminars, and campaigns geared towards raising awareness and generating discourse on gender-based violence, discrimination, and the importance of women's leadership and political participation.

Furthermore, his efforts are fortified by his aptitude for utilizing the media as a force for change.

By writing articles, engaging in public speaking, and conducting interviews, Wemakor effectively disseminates information that raises awareness and promotes gender equality.

I BELIEVE GLOBAL's decision to honor Wemakor with this citation is not just a symbolic gesture but also an affirmation of the vital role that individuals play in the global movement for gender equality.

His example serves as an inspiration for others to join the cause and contribute to the creation of a more equitable world.

Acknowledgment from an organization of I BELIEVE GLOBAL's stature provides not only recognition but also motivation for activists to continue their quest for gender balance.

This award is anticipated to enhance Wemakor's influence and enable him to reach wider audiences, thus amplifying his message and the impact of his work.

In a world where gender disparities continue to exist, it is the dedication of individuals like Joseph Wemakor, in conjunction with the support of organizations like I BELIEVE GLOBAL, that propels society towards a more just and equal future.

This citation is a testament to the power of unwavering commitment to a cause and the difference it can make in the lives of many.

Each accolade, such as the one presented to Wemakor, not only recognizes personal achievements but also cumulatively paves the way for enduring global progress.

It serves as a clarion call for advocates, policymakers, and citizens to redouble efforts toward gender equality, ensuring that future generations inherit a world where equality is not an aspiration but a reality.

During the hybrid (physical/virtual) award ceremony, a few notable people were also honored for their contributions that are impacting efforts to achieve gender equality in Ghana and beyond.

They include Oheneyere Gifty Anti (Renowned Gender Advocate), Mrs. Esther Darko-Mensah (Activist), Mrs. Sabina Anokye Mensah (Renowned Gender Expert), Prof. Maurice Apprey, University of Virginia, USA (Advocate for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Advancing Gender Equality), and Mr. Siapha Kamara (Renowned Gender Expert).

Others are Dr. Emmanuel Ayifah, Deputy Country Director, SEND Ghana, Mr. Harold Nii Amoo (Researcher-Gender Economics, Kobe University Japan), Mr. Justice Mawuli Godzo, University of Education; Winneba and Abdul-Aziz Seidu (Researcher-Public Health, University of Australia), Dr. Sérgio Bordalo e Sá, University of Lisbon, Portugal, Leela M. Kpukuyou-Browne (Gender Advocate and Empowerment Practitioner).


“Recent military coups in Africa should be wakeup-call to all Ghanaians to promote peace nationwide”-Joseph Wemakor

Founder and Executive Director of Human Rights Reporters Ghana (HRRG), Joseph Kobla Wemakor, has observed that the pattern of unconstitutional seizures of power in nearby nations offers a sobering reminder that peace should never be taken for granted.

According to him, the recent wave of military coups across Africa should serve as a wake-up call for all Ghanaians to intensify their dedication in pursuit of promoting peace nationwide, especially before, during, and after the December 7, 2024, polls.

“We need to intensify our efforts by coming out with awareness creation on peace nationwide.

I think it should be a collective responsibility; all of us has a role to play. The media has a role to play. CSOs has a role to play, the security services have a role to play, government, churches, schools and communities as far as promotion of peace, unity, understanding and justice is concerned”.

Wemakor made this known during his second appearance on the esteemed Metro TV ‘Morning Rush’ Show to deliberate on the pressing issues of human rights in Ghana on Friday November 17, 2023.

Over the past years, the African political landscape has witnessed an upsurge in military interventions. Countries such as Mali, Guinea, and Sudan have seen their governments toppled by the military.

These coups disrupt social order, impede economic progress, and reverse the gains made in good governance and the rule of law.

The recurrence of these coups is indicative of deeper systemic issues, including corruption, mismanagement, and the alienation of youth and disenfranchised groups from political processes.

For Ghana, maintaining its reputation as a bulwark of democracy in the region is not only a matter of national pride but also a keystone for stability and continued development.

The Ghanaian peace narrative has been a powerful one, framed through successive peaceful transitions of power since the advent of the Fourth Republic in 1992. However, the tremors from the coups in neighbouring countries are a stark reminder of the fragility of any nation's peace.

In light of these developments, Joseph Wemakor's call to action implores all Ghanaians to fortify their commitment to dialogue, inclusivity, and the peaceful resolution of conflicts.

He stressed that to ensure the sustainability of peace, the Ghanaian government, civil society organizations, religious groups, and community leaders must innovate and implement strategies that foster political tolerance, education on civic responsibilities, and platforms for inclusive participation.

Involving young people is crucial, he continued, as they are frequently the most impacted by unemployment and are susceptible to promises of change, even if doing so undermines the constitutional order.

As Ghana inches closer to its highly anticipated December 7, 2024, general elections, there is an ever-increasing need for its citizenry to uphold and promote peace.

Ghana is often cited as one of the most stable democracies in Africa, with a history of peaceful electoral processes. However, the potential for political tensions cannot be overlooked, particularly as election fever grips the nation. It is in this context that the Human Rights Reporters boss has stepped forward to remind Ghanaians of their collective responsibility to protect the country's peace and democratic gains.

The ED reiterates the need to avoid hate speech, misinformation, and acts that could incite violence or disrupt the electoral process.

Emphasizing the significance of a peaceful electoral process, Wemakor calls for concerted efforts among various stakeholders—government bodies, political parties, civil society, the media, and the electorate—to engage in peace advocacy.

The media, in particular, is urged to be circumspect in their reporting, ensuring that the information disseminated is accurate and not inflammatory. Political parties are reminded to instruct their supporters to eschew violence and to resolve grievances through legal and peaceful means.

The HRRG boss also underscored the importance of political engagement and discourse being grounded in policies and ideologies, rather than personality attacks or tribal affiliations.

He is of the view that the shift towards issue-based campaigning can mitigate the risk of conflict and encourage voters to make informed choices based on the substantive differences in the visions and plans of the candidates and their parties.

Watch a video on the discussion here: