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NDC petitions Commonwealth over 'human rights violations'


The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has known as at the Commonwealth of Nations to analyze what it says became human rights violations towards its participants with the aid of using the Ghanaian authorities. The birthday birthday celebration has additionally entreated the worldwide political employer to screen the human rights state of affairs in Ghana and what it stated became the crook persecution of its participants.

 The General Secretary of the NDC, Mr Johnson Aseidu Nketia at a press convention in Accra Monday (February 28, 2022) stated the birthday birthday celebration had despatched a petition detailing its grievances to the Commonwealth. He stated the petition became necessitated with the aid of using the "harassment, crook persecution and human rights violations" towards a few main participants of the NDC together with its National Chairman, Mr Samuel Ofosu Ampofo.

"There are a few practices that aren't according with excellent governance and the ideas of the Commonwealth so we've got petitioned them to take the correct action," he stated. Mr Nketia defined that the birthday birthday celebration's petition to the Commonwealth would not advocate that Ghana became now no longer an impartial usa however rather, the petition seeks to attract the eye of the employer to the dearth of excellent governance in Ghana's frame politics.

 "Membership to the Commonwealth method the member country have to adhere to excellent governance, so in case you aren't working towards excellent governance, you may be suspended like we noticed in Zimbabwe and elsewhere," he stated.


In connection with examples of alleged persecutions and harassment, the NDC General Secretary mentioned a few instances which might be presently being prosecuted in courtroom docket as the idea for the petition. In the case of the Republic v Stephen Kwabena Opuni and  others, that's mentioned withinside the petition, Mr Nketia stated the Judge listening to the case, Mr Justice Clemence Honyenuga had made a few pronouncements at the case which "in any honest criminal machine might warrant his recusal from the case at the floor of actual probability or look of bias."

He additionally mentioned the case regarding the Republic vrs Samuel Ofosu Ampofo and Anthony Kwaku Boahen and the Republic Vrs Cassiel Ato Forson and  others as examples of a number of the crook persecution of NDC participants with the aid of using the authorities. "The behavior of the authorities of Ghana on this be counted has been dreadful leaving absolute confidence the authorities is bent on a conviction irrespective of the pleasant of the evidence," Mr Nketia stated.

In relation to the case regarding Dr Ato Forson, the birthday birthday celebration stated it believes that the costs are politically prompted and engineered to weaken his competition to the passage of the E-levy. "This is a brazen abuse of energy with the aid of using the authorities," Mr Nketia stated.


Mr Nketia stated the birthday birthday celebration became consequently calling at the Commonwealth to name upon the authorities to forestall the alleged human rights violations. "These movements of the authorities create situations that threaten Ghana's political balance and in addition erode our democratic values," he stated. The petition,  in step with Mr Nketia, additionally entreated the Commonwealth to interact with a large variety of actors, together with authorities officials, political parties, representatives of civil society, to respect, promote, and defend human rights withinside the usa. 

The petition entreated the employer to additionally hold to interact with the authorities and help and inspire their pursuit of responsibility for "the perpetrators of the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency bye-election violence and the ugly country-subsidized killings of 8 harmless Ghanaians for the duration of the 2020 elections".


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