-The UNHCR has charged government to provide information on issues bothering human right violations in Ghana
- Among these issues have been the status to the Right to Information (RTI) bill and other matters related to press freedom
The UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC), has charged government to provide ample information on matters bothering human rights in the country.
These matters, which include privacy breaches, the status of the Right to Information (RTI) legislation and matters relating to press freedom violations has also seen the Committee request Ghana to respond to or provide information on a total of 26 human rights concerns, which relate to Ghana’s obligations under the ICCPR.
The concerns raised by the UNHRC comes at a time when the Ghanaian government is seeking to pass a new law (Interception of Postal Packets and Telecommunication Messages) that will grant authorities more powers and latitude for mass surveillance and interception of private communications. The Bill, which is currently before parliament, has been widely criticised by civil society groups, journalists, respected lawyers and former government officials.
“It is our hope that the government of Ghana will reflect on the issues raised by the UN Committee and allow for broader consultation on the Interception of Postal Packets and Telecommunication Messages Bill before it considers pushing it for passage by parliament,” Executive Director of the MFWA, Sulemana Braimah, stated.
So far in West Africa, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Cote d’Ivoire, Niger, Guinea, Burkina Faso have all passed RTI laws making it possible for citizens in those countries to legally seek information from public entities.