Mrs Marietta Brew Appiah-Opong, the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General has reiterated Ghana’s commitment to the overall objectives of the Convention against Torture Initiative (CTI) at a 2-day seminar of the UN Against Torture on “Promoting the implementation of the UN Convention against torture” in Accra.
The seminar held under the auspices of the Government of Ghana saw participants from Chile, Denmark, Indonesia, Morocco, Ghana and the CTI Secretariat discuss the need for states to take legislative and other national measures to prevent torture in accordance with the relevant provisions of the UN Convention Against Torture (UNCAT).
Mrs Appiah-Opong announced that the government of Ghana had adopted and implemented certain initiatives to prevent torture, citing the Justice for All programme, which she said had resulted in the release of a number of detainees who had otherwise been remanded or forgotten in prison custody, in some cases for over a decade without trial.
Ambassador Sammie Eddico, Ghana’s Ambassador to the UN in Geneva, noted that the CTI envisioned that by 2024, the universal ratification of the UNCTA would come to pass.
He said currently, eight countries in sub-Sharan Africa were yet to ratify the convention.