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Penal Reform Ghana calls for changes to Criminal Justice System

crowded prison

On the occasion of the World Human Rights Day which falls on Sunday, 10 December 2017, Penal Reform Ghana (PRG) calls on government to, as a matter of urgency, initiate steps to comprehensively reform the country’s prison system. Ghana’s remand system has been described by many as cruel and inhumane. It is heart-wrenching that, for instance, to this present time, ...

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Forestry Commission cautions illegal loggers & truck owners

The Forestry Commission has cautioned illegal loggers and truck owners to desist from acts of illegalities as the commission is poised to arrest and prosecute them. The warning   was given after the Commission’s Task Force recently confiscated 19 trucks loaded with illegal lumber. Addressing the media in Accra, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Commission,  Mr John Allotey said, ...

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Abuse of mental health patients in prayer camps must stop …their human rights must be respected

A recent report which was prepared by Mind Freedom Ghana and presented by Perfecto of Sentiment (POS) foundation during the 3rd Cycle Universal Periodic Review has called on Parliament to pass the Legislative Instrument to the Mental Health Act to foster the regulation of the activities of prayer camp operators and other faith based healers to effectively protect the rights ...

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Ghana fails to investigate 190,000 suspected human trafficking cases

An estimated 190,000 suspected human trafficking cases in Ghana have not been investigated as a result of inadequate funding for the institutions responsible for such investigations, a report by Perfecto of Sentiments Foundation has revealed. These were recorded between 2012 and 2017. The report, which was released recently during the 3rd Cycle Universal Periodic Review, mentioned that “The State’s failure ...

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Stakeholders brainstorm medical products regulation in Africa

Hon. Kweku Agyeman-Manu, Minister for Health

The 3rd Biennial Scientific Conference on Medical Products Regulation in Africa has ended in Accra with a call on African countries to consolidate the gains made in the area of medical products regulation harmonisation. Such a  move will   help to ensure access to  medicines  in the region and also guarantee quality and safety of medical products,  while preventing duplication of ...

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Access to quality medicine remains a challenge- Minister laments

A  Deputy Minister for Health, Hon. Kingsley Aboagye Gyedu has bemoaned accessibility to quality medicine in the ECOWAS sub-region still remains a major challenge despite the concerted effort by various governments and development partners. Hon. Gyedu who spoke at the launch of ECOWAS Medicines Regulatory Harmonization Project in Accra last week noted that quality of life of people is important ...

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Forestry Commission, YEA to engage 15,000 youth for forests conservation

A  Service agreement has been signed between the Forestry Commission and the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) with the intention to establish a formal relationship for the implementation of a Forest Plantation Programme, under the Youth in Agriculture and Afforestation Module. “After the signing of this Service Agreement, the Forestry Commission in Collaboration with YEA will recruit an estimated 15,000 youth ...

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Farmers demand clarity on duplication of Agriculture initiatives

Mr Charles Nyaaba, PFAG

The Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana has asked  government and the  Ministry  of  Food and  Agriculture in particular, to come  clear  on what it describes  as duplication of  initiatives in the Agricultural  sector to avoid confusion. In its analysis of the 2018 budget, the PFAG emphasised,”We expect clarity on the multiplicity of initiatives adopted by government for the agricultural sector. ...

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Help women to access productive land … Traditional authorities told

Mrs Victoria Aniaku, Deputy Director at the Women in Agriculture Development (WIAD) Directorate of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) has called on traditional authorities and community leaders to collaborate and promote increased access to productive land and tenure security for small-holder farmers, especially women to improve the agriculture sector and enhance livelihoods. Mrs Aniaku said, challenges still exist ...

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Protecting children from abuse, neglect and maltreatment

Generally, children are protected by law against all forms of abuse and neglect. Section 71, 91 and 92 of the Criminal Offenses Act, 1960 (Act 29) as amended in 1998 now referred to as the Criminal Offenses Act, 1960 (Act 29) criminalize the abandonment or exposure of a child to danger, abduction of a child and a range of sexual offenses that could render a child vulnerable to ...

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