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21.09.2003 Regional News

CHRAJ anniversary celebration takes place at Obuasi

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Obuasi, Sept. 21, GNA - The Obuasi office of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) has received a total of 1,104 cases as at the end of last August, 2003.

Mr Augustine K.C. Adjagrah, the District Director of the Commission who announced this at a youth forum to mark the 10th anniversary of the Commission said 840 out of the cases have been resolved.

The cases involved abuse of power, injustices, corruption, unfair treatments of persons by public officers and violation of fundamental rights and freedoms.

Mr Adjagrah said even though men constituted the highest complainants with 610 cases, the trend had changed within the past two years.

"There is an increase in women complaints over the past two years and this should serve as a warning to men that women are now becoming aware of their rights and freedoms."

The District Director of CHRAJ therefore, advised men against molesting and trampling on the rights and freedoms of their wives. In a speech read for him, Mr Joseph K. Boampong, the Adansi West District Chief Executive said the Commission was set up to help promote good governance, democracy and social development by protecting and enforcing fundamental human rights as well as the administrative justice of all persons.

Mr Boampong encouraged the public not to hesitate in seeking assistance from the Commission since it provides services without any fee.

The DCE commended the Obuasi office of the Commission for organising a number of educational programmes, but advised them to extend the programme to the rural and remote areas so that, they would also become aware of their rights and limitations. Mr Emmanuel K. Antwi, the District Director of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), who presided appealed to Ghanaians to contribute their quota to promote good governance.

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