Ghana Country Visit

Ghana Country Visit

Read the Special Rapporteur’s FOLLOW-UP REPORT ON GHANA here! On October 4, Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E Mendez began his follow-up visit to Ghana with a Civil Society Roundtable event in Accra. The event was attended by representatives and advocates from more than 20 local organizations working on criminal justice reform, disability rights, andContinue Reading

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Ghana: Much remains to be done but UN Special Rapporteur welcomes steps taken to combat torture and other ill-treatment

Ghana: Much remains to be done but UN Special Rapporteur welcomes steps taken to combat torture and other ill-treatment

October 7, 2015 – Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez concluded his follow-up visit to Ghana, which was undertaken with the support of the Anti-Torture initiative. During the visit, the Special Rapporteur and his team met with high-level government officials, visited places of deprivation of liberty, including prisons, a psychiatric hospital, and a prayer camp, and hosted in a roundtable with civil society in Accra. “I welcome the steps taken by the Government of Ghana in its fight against torture and other ill-treatment in the country, but much remains to be done,” the Special Rapporteur stated at the end of the visit, urging the government to set-up its effort to implement the recommendations issued after his first mission to the country in November 2013. The Special Rapporteur expressed particular concern about reports of incidence of torture and ill-treatment that occur during arrest and interrogation by police, severe overcrowding and substandard conditions of detention, and the treatment of persons with mental disabilities, including shackling, in prayer camps. The Special Rapporteur will present his findings and recommendations in a report to the United Nations Human Rights Council March 2016. To read the end-of-visit press statement in full, please visit the OHCHR website

Special Rapporteur on Torture to Conduct Follow-Up Visit to Ghana

Special Rapporteur on Torture to Conduct Follow-Up Visit to Ghana

29 September 2015- Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez will conduct a follow-up visit to Ghana from 4 to 7 October to assess the implementation of the recommendations he issued after his initial visit in November 2013. The Special Rapporteur “will focus on the challenges [he] encountered in Ghana, such as critical issues in the criminal justice system, including conditions of detention and mental health-care practices, including the treatment and living conditions of persons held in psychiatric hospitals and prayer camps.” During his visit, the Special Rapporteur will engage with key Government authorities and civil society leaders and he “look[s] forward to assisting the authorities to further implement [his] recommendations, uphold the rule of law, promote accountability, and fulfill the right of victims to reparations.” The Special Rapporteur is hopeful that his second visit will assist the Ghanaian Government to address the remaining challenges it faces in the fight against torture.

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