Human Rights Reporters Ghana (HRRG), a prominent media and human rights advocacy group, has used the occasion of Human Rights Day 2023 to draw attention to the prevailing human rights violations in the country. Under the theme “Freedom, Equality, and Justice for All,” the organization highlighted critical challenges that demand urgent attention.
In a statement signed by Joseph Kobla Wemakor, the Executive Director of HRRG, concerns were raised about various pressing issues affecting Ghana. Freedom of expression faced threats as journalists and activists encountered censorship, harassment, and constraints, underscoring the need to safeguard this fundamental right.
Moreover, the statement highlighted incidents of police brutality and excessive use of force, stressing the importance of comprehensive police reform. Such reform is seen as crucial for ensuring accountability, transparency, and safeguarding citizens’ rights, particularly their safety from arbitrary violence.
The persistence of discrimination based on gender, ethnicity, and other factors was condemned for obstructing the realization of a truly inclusive society. Additionally, the statement underscored the pervasive issue of child labor, which deprives children of their right to education and a proper childhood. HRRG called for renewed commitment and comprehensive policies to eradicate child labor and ensure that every child has access to quality education, breaking cycles of poverty and inequality.
Another critical concern highlighted was the persisting disparities in healthcare, especially in rural areas. HRRG urged concerted efforts and unwavering commitment to guarantee universal access to quality healthcare for all citizens, emphasizing the need to address these disparities comprehensively.
On this Human Rights Day, HRRG’s advocacy serves as a clarion call for action, urging the government and relevant stakeholders to prioritize these pressing human rights issues and work collaboratively towards a society that upholds freedom, equality, and justice for every individual.