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15.03.2007 Letter

Letter to Joe Ghartey, Attorney General and Minister of Justice

By Nina T. Westberg

Dear Minister,

My name is Nina Therese Westberg and I am a 40 year old Norwegian with deep interest in protecting human rights. I am writing to you in the context of Amnesty International's campaign for the abolition of the death penalty in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and Mauritania.

I have been informed that Amnesty International, during the last years, has observed a trend in favour of abolition of the death penalty in Africa, and that this not least concerns West Africa, where both Senegal and Liberia have abolished the death penalty since 2004. I have also learnt that Ghana seems to fit in this movement, and I was very grateful to know that in 2005 you publicly stated your opposition to the death penalty. I will now ask you to please take all the necessary measures to ratify the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Then I know that 152 people are imprisoned on death row according to the Ghanaian Prison Services. I will therefore also ask you to please do everything in your power to adopt a moratorium on all executions, and at the same time I will ask you to urge President Kufuor to use his prerogative of mercy, as he did in 2003, by commuting all death sentences.

Yours sincerely,

Nina T. Westberg

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