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Corruption to be made a felony in Ghana; stiffer punishment for culprits

Government has initiated processes in Parliament towards making corruption a more unrewarding venture. The Attorney General and Minister of Justice Gloria Akuffo has in this regard presented to Parliament the Criminal Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2020. The bill when passed will make the punishment for corruption stiffer as such crimes will become felony instead of the current misdemeanor status. It was laid today by the Majority Leader ...

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Ivory Coast Vice-President Daniel Kablan resigns

Mr Daniel Kablan Duncan

Ivory Coast’s Vice-President Daniel Kablan Duncan has resigned. His resignation follows the sudden death of the Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly last week. The secretary-general of the Ivory Coast presidency, Patrick Achi, said that Kablan Duncan, was leaving “for personal reasons.” The vice-president had put in his resignation letter to President Alassane Ouattara in February, Mr Achi noted. “After several ...

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GIS to repatriate 54 Nigerians for unlawful entry

A total of 54 Nigerians arrested for unlawful entry into Ghana through unapproved routes along the Ghana-Togo frontier are awaiting repatriation, officials of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) have said. The illegal travellers, who are currently in the custody of Aflao Sector Command of the GIS, were apprehended at various unapproved routes within the last ten days and detained at ...

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Sudan ratifies law banning female genital mutilation

Sudan’s ruling body ratified a law banning the widespread practice of female genital mutilation, the justice ministry announced Friday, handing the movement for women’s rights in the African country a long-sought victory. The Sovereign Council passed a set of sweeping amendments to the country’s criminal code late Thursday, including one that criminalized the deep-rooted practice. The draft law had been ...

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Too many countries going in wrong direction – WHO

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General

The coronavirus pandemic is going to get “worse and worse” if certain governments do not take decisive action to curb the spread of the disease, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said we are seeing “dangerous increases in cases” in countries where “proven measures to reduce risk are not implemented or followed”. ...

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Calls to shutdown reopened schools untenable – Education Minister

Dr Matthew Opoku , Minister for Education

Education Minister, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, has said calls for re-opened schools to be shut down over rising cases of the Coronavirus, particularly in Senior High Schools, are untenable. Speaking during an interview on Adom TV’s ‘Badwam’ programme on Monday, July 13, 2020, the Minister said he disagreed with the calls for SHSs to be closed down and the students sent ...

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Human rights, poverty and development

Ogochukwu C. Nweke, lawyer

The subject of human rights is one that cuts across many aspects of our universal reality. The Declaration of Rights to Development, endorsed by the UN General Assembly in 1986 and in Article 1(1) reiterates the fact that every human being has the right and deserves access to economic, social, cultural and political development, both in terms to participation and ...

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Egypt law to hide identity of sexual abuse victims

Egypt’s cabinet has approved amendments to the country’s criminal procedure law that will guarantee anonymity for victims of sexual abuse. The identities of victims can only be revealed to the court and to defendants upon request, according to the draft law. Egyptian victims of sexual crimes often face a lot of stigma. The Arabic hashtag “The Beginning of a Feminist ...

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US warns Sahel nations over extrajudicial killings

There have been reports of human rights violations

The US has warned West Africa’s Sahel nations that it could withdraw its support if security forces violate human rights. The state department said it was “deeply concerned” by the allegations documented by rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW). HRW said that at least 180 bodies were found in a mass grave in Burkina Faso with evidence suggesting that government forces ...

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Bank of Africa tightens security as activities of cyber fraudsters increase

Mr Philemon Kwame Ankomah, Chief Information Security at the Bank of Africa, has noted that activities of cyber fraudsters are increasing because more people are now trading online in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. He said the fraudsters are taking undue advantage of the new normal to dupe people. He further recommended constant changes to passwords and also taking ...

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