Bolgatanga, Oct. 22, GNA - Mr William Nyarko, Executive Director of the African Center for International Law and Accountability (ACILA) has reminded Ghana to show some high level of commitment in complying with International Laws and existing agreements for the protection of vulnerable groups.
He noted that the fundamental human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR) for States should applied to all regardless of sex, age, and class.
He said the human rights conditions enshrined in the 1992 Constitution were inalienable and therefore the State had a duty to protect all manner of persons.
Mr Nyarko said this during a presentation on Ghana’s obligations under domestic and international human rights law and treatment of vulnerable groups held in Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region.
He said vulnerable groups such as women, children, the elderly, albinos, HIV positive persons, migrant workers, statelessness and Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTIs) and Persons with Disabilities ought to be protected from all forms of abuse.
He, however, noted that there was the lack of accountability and compliance by countries to the laid down commitments and called on the media to use its influential role to aid in the protection of human rights of all kinds, especially the rights of the vulnerable and minorities.
The Capacity Building Training was to equip Editors in the inky fraternity to increase skills on human rights reportage and enhance investigative journalism.
He noted that Ghana had signed on to Regional and International Instruments that fell short of accountability, and added that because there was no connection between these International Laws and accountability, his outfit worked to look at the nexus between the commitments and to use those instruments to hold governments accountable.
He said the state had a duty to protect and promote the rights of people and therefore all organs of state had obligations to enforce those actions, and stressed that the onus was on the state to ensure that those right were protected.
Mr Kojo Impraim, Lead Research Consultant of ACILA, shared results of a regional research carried out by his outfit on knowledge and level of protection for human rights in the country.
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