CHRI/ABAK Foundation Ghana Officials Hold Durbar On Access To Justice At KOMESO

Story by Enock Akonnor

Residents of Komeso; a farming community within the Asante Akim South Municipality have received their share of a public education program on legal rights of the citizenry vis-à-vis justice delivery system in Ghana.

The training took the form of a public durbar and was held on Tuesday 17th April 2022 by the leadership of ABAK Foundation Ghana through a partnership with the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI), Africa Office (an implementing partner of the USAID Justice Sector Support Activity).

It was organised under the theme: “ACCESS TO JUSTICE”.

Participants who turned up at the occasion constituted Gyaasehene for the community Nana Sarfo Kantanka, Queen for the area Nana Pokuaa, religious leaders, peasant farmers, traders among others.

Objective of the event as explained by Philip Duah (Executive Director for ABAK Foundation Ghana) was to sensitize participants on their legal rights in the justice delivery system in Ghana including services provided by the Legal Aid Commission, CHRAJ and the Police Professional Standards Bureau (PPSB).

Police Inspector Kwabena Asiedu (Station Officer at Obogu Community) delivered a talk on “Access to Justice and knowing your legal rights”.

He enlightened them on bailable offences, period within which a bail should be granted, legal processes vis-à-vis reporting a case at a police station among others.

Responding to a question posed on the imposition of charges for granting of bail as done by some unprofessional police officers, Inspector Kwabena Asiedu described that as unconstitutional, urging that under no circumstance should one make payment for the granting of bail.

“Bail is free”, he indicated at the durbar.

Philip Duah in his presentation also schooled participants on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), agencies that offer ADR services in their attempt to seek for Justice.


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