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20.12.2005 General News

CHRAJ receives about 100,000 complaints

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Kumasi, Dec. 20, GNA - The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) has since its inception until June 2005, had received about 100,000 complaints and resolved more than 85 per cent of them.

Mr Richard Quayson, Deputy Commissioner of CHRAJ, who announced this, said in 2003, the Commission dealt with 7,923 family-related cases out of a total of 13,726 and by far the largest proportion of cases. Speaking at a media dialogue in Kumasi on Monday, he said administrative justice and labour related cases, which used to form the bulk of cases, approximately 76 per cent, dropped to 16.4 per cent. The media dialogue was a collaboration between CHRAJ and the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) for media personnel in Kumasi and has as its theme: "Advancing Human Rights: Prospects and Challenges". Mr Quayson said complaints reflecting general basic rights constituted 12.8 per cent of cases.

Out of the 7,923 family related cases, those concerning children were 4,956 mainly child maintenance, while marital issues constituted 1,619 cases and inheritance cases were 1,348.

He said the Commission existed to enhance the scale of good governance, democracy, integrity, peace and social development by promoting, protecting and enforcing fundamental human rights and freedoms and administrative justice for all persons.

The Deputy Commissioner said in spite of scepticism about the legitimacy of oversight bodies in Africa, CHRAJ had received reviews by reputable international human rights and non-governmental organizations such as Human Rights Watch based in New York and the International Council of Human Rights based in Geneva.

"It has also come to symbolize credibility and best practice to many African national human rights institutions. Mr Quayson said the Commission had succeeded in putting the subjects of human rights, good governance and corruption on the nation's developmental agenda and had over the past years kept them in the public domain and scrutiny.

Mr Bright Blewu, General Secretary of GJA, said the issue of human rights was of crucial importance since it was at the centre of development.

He charged the media to be very much interested in human rights issues and commended CHRAJ for organizing the media dialogue. 20 Dec. 05

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