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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


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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.



The Reroy Story (www.reroycable.com)


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.

ONGOING PROJECTS


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).


AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS


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.


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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

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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:


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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).



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