28.09.2016 General News

Torture: The High Commissioner For Human Rights Welcomes The Ratification By Ghana Of The Optional Protocol To The Convention Against Torture And Other Cruel, Inhuman Or Degrading Treatment Or Punishment

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By Cynthia Prah

DAKAR: On the 26 September 2016, the Regional Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) welcomed the recent ratification by Ghana of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

"This is a major advance in the fight against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatments, to the extent that this protocol provides for the establishment of a national mechanism of prevention of the practices prohibited by that protocol, hence we hope that Ghana's example will be followed by other countries in Africa and elsewhere in the world, "said Andrea Ori Head of OHCHR Regional Office in Dakar.

Under Article 28.2, the Protocol, ratified September 23, 2016 by Ghana, will come into force in the country 30 days after the date of ratification.

"I encourage the Government of Ghana to disseminate as widely as possible this protocol, to take the necessary measures to implement its provisions in domestic law and to provide training for judges, lawyers and court officers on its contents to ensure its full implementation, "added Mr. Ori.

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