Expunge death penalty from the statute books – CHRAJ Commissioner

Expunge death penalty from the statute books – CHRAJ Commissioner

Commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Mr. Joseph Whittal has referred to as for the annulment of the death penalty from the Criminal Justice System in Ghana.

Mr. Whittal who averred that campaigns for the modification of the provisions in Ghana’s Criminal Offences Act 1960 (Act 29), and Armed Forces Act, 1962 (Act 105) are laudable, additionally asserted that the proper to life is enshrined in the 1992 Constitution as the first proper, and as commissioned by the Constitution to defend and promote the elementary rights of all individuals in Ghana, CHRAJ turns into an automatic pure ally in the battle for the abolishment of the death penalty.

He indicated that the Commission has over the years, in its Universal Periodic Review repeatedly, recommended that the death penalty is expunged from Ghana’s Law Books.

Commissioner Whittal advised that since the death penalty is seen as counterproductive, amending the enabling laws to deliver it down to life in jail, is one thing that needs to be thought-about in the interim, whereas efficient and environment friendly measures are put in place to abolish it fully from the Constitution.

He queried why Ghana, a nation recognized to be a beacon of democracy and good governance, nonetheless has the death penalty in It’s Law Books though no person has been executed it since 1994. 

Mr. Whittal counseled the Member of Parliament (MP) for Madina, Francis-Xavier Sosu, who launched the Private Members’ Bill, saying it’s a good step in the proper course, and called on all stakeholders to provoke efforts around the Bill by an efficient advocacy software like a memorandum in Parliament.

The CHRAJ Commissioner made the above remarks in an interplay with a delegation from the Amnesty International (AI), Ghana, who have been paying a courtesy call on him to talk about AI’s advocacy campaign for the abolition of the death penalty in Ghana.

Miss Berlinda Asamayuah, the AI’s Campaign and Communications Coordinator who led the delegation, appealed to Mr. Whittal to champion the advocacy. She admitted that although CHRAJ’s mandates are broad, it was crucial for the Commission as the National Human Rights Institution mandated to promote and defend all elementary rights, particularly the proper to life and dignity, that are final, to lead the campaign to abolish the death penalty since this might strengthen AI’s efforts in addition to present technical help and experience wanted for the Bill to be passed.

Miss Asamayuah declared that AI is partnering with about 27 stakeholders who share comparable imaginative and prescient in the safety of the proper to life, to submit a memorandum in assist of the Private Members Bill before Parliament in direction of the abolition of the death penalty.

 She added that Amnesty International has paid courtesy calls on the President, the Speaker of Parliament, Faith-Based Organizations, and a few Civil Society Organizations to attraction for his or her assist to abolish the death penalty.

Present at the assembly have been the Deputy Commissioners of CHRAJ, Mr. Richard Quayson, and Madame Mercy Larbi.

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