Mr Kenneth Adabayire, Upper East Regional Director of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), has called on government, non governmental organizations and the entire Ghanaian society to promote human rights in Ghana.
He said it is the only way Ghanaians could enjoy freedom, peace and
justice for development. Mr Adabayire said this in a massage read on behalf of the United Nation Secretary-General, Mr Ban Ki-moon, to mark International Human Rights Day, at Bolgatanga, under the theme, ‘Speak up, stop discrimination’.
Mr Adabayire noted that human rights were the foundation of freedom,
peace, development and justice, adding that, laws which protect and promote human rights were indispensable. He said to progress as a people, “We must strive to protect our own rights and the rights of others.
He said such people, who strive to fight for others, were human right
defenders and who in diverse groups, had committed themselves to exposing wrong doings, to protect the most vulnerable and promote human dignity. Mr Adabayire said these human right defenders played a vital role in the fight against discrimination and also help victims gain justice and support.
The massage called on states to bear the primary responsibility to
protect human rights advocates and ensure the freedom of expression and
freedom of assembly, to facilitate their work.