Human rights lawyer Judge Abdallah said Ghana has made significant progress in promoting the human rights of citizens.
He said this while observing the celebration of this year’s International Human Rights Day under the theme Equality: Reducing Inequalities and Advancing Human Rights.
Speaking on Campus Exclusive, Judge Abdallah applauded Ghana’s constitution for explicitly highlighting human rights institutions that effectively deal with human rights issues.
“If you look at where we’ve come from and where we are now, we’ve come a long way. We are very advanced in the protection of human rights and we can only improve it in the future. The 1992 constitution has lived with us for the past thirty years, and it has probably seen the best of many rights that regulate discrimination, whether against children or against women or minority groups, religious minorities, women and men. ethnic minorities, and also the way in which human rights in general are treated. The constitution is very proactive today when it comes to human rights and sets up agencies specifically created to deal with human rights issues, ”he said.
Judge Abdallah, however, indicated that bureaucracy in dealing with human rights violations is a challenge that human rights institutions must address.
“We have our difficulties because of the nature and configuration of our systems, court systems, you don’t get decisions any faster. The decisions are much lower and the steps taken are a bit robotic and they are relatively difficult to follow and sometimes you will need lawyers, you will need other experts to guide you in this area. These are the main difficulties we have to face.
He added that there should be a swift response to the reported inequalities.
“We need to take a faster approach to some of these issues. A more serious approach, when I say a more serious approach, I mean the way we behave when some of these events are reported. “
Human Rights Day is celebrated around the world every year on December 10 of each year.
The date was chosen to honor the adoption and proclamation by the United Nations General Assembly, on December 10, 1948, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the world’s first enunciation of human rights. man and one of the first great achievements of the new United Nations. .
The theme for this year’s human rights celebration is Equality: Reducing Inequalities and Advancing Human Rights. The theme is linked to “equality” and article 1 of the UDHR – “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights”.
The principles of equality and non-discrimination are at the heart of human rights. Equality is aligned with the 2030 Agenda and the United Nations approach defined in the Shared Framework document to leave no one behind: equality and non-discrimination at the heart of sustainable development.