15.10.2004 Regional News

CHRAJ calls fight against violation of women and children's rights

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Techiman (B/A), Oct. 15, GNA - Mr Kwasi Asante-Boateng, Techiman Municipal Director of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), has called on stakeholders to join hands in the fight against the violation of women and children's rights in the country. He said the violation of the rights of children, especially that of women continued to be over-looked in the country, which according to him contributed to the retardation of national development and progress. Mr Asante-Boateng made the call in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at Techiman on Monday.

He observed that, unemployment and poverty had been the factors that had led teenagers to care for themselves, which had been resulting in most of the boys usually denying responsibilities for pregnancies they have caused.

He called on marriage couples to avoid misunderstanding and confrontations in their marriages, adding that, it would be a great injustice if parents continued to ignore their children, a factor that influenced especially girls to engage in early sex.

Mr Asante-Boateng announced that, despite all the public educational programmes by CHRAJ, National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE), the Co-operative League of the United States of America Agency, the Government Accountability Improves Trust (CLUSA/GAIT), maintenance of spouse and children and marriages continued to be a major areas of human right abuses CHRAJ had been encountering.

He said the Commission had received 141 cases between July and September this year, adding that out of the number 19 cases were amicably settled, while one case was dismissed for lack of jurisdiction. One hundred and nineteen (119) of the cases were pending, while two cases had been withdrawn for settlement at home.

The nature of the complaints brought before the Commission within the period included, unfair treatment, marriage cases, maintenance, refusal to accept pregnancy, labour issues, tenancy matters, estate matters, custody of children among others.

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