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Access To Justice: CHRI Officials Empower Opinion Leaders Of Obuasi

Officials of Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative have engaged opinion leaders of Obuasi township.

The motive was to equip them with the know-how on how to access legal aid services in Ghana in their quest for justice without any charge.

It formed part of a project dubbed “USAID JUSTICE SECTOR SUPPORT ACTIVITY” and was held on Friday 10th December 2021 through a collaboration with the Legal Aid Commission to mark the celebration of this year’s Legal Aid Week.

Turning up at the training were traditional leaders, Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), journalists, officials from the judiciary among others.

Addressing participants in her presentation, Mina Mensah (Director, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, Africa Office) underscored four key objectives of the project which are Practical Realization of Human Rights, Access to Justice, Access to Information and Human Right Monitoring.

She however indicated in her presentation that the training centered on access to justice. Mina premised the foregoing on the sad reality that the rich in society unlike the poor are able to get individuals within the judiciary to offer them legal support.

This according to her called to play the meeting so as to equip opinion leaders with a knowledge on their rights and school them on agencies they can access free legal aid services such as Legal Aid Commission, CHRAJ, CHRI, NCCE, Social Welfare.

Frederick Kankam Boadu (Legal Officer-Legal Aid Commission-Ashanti) took participants through a presentation on how to access legal aid services.
He noted in interview with the media on the sidelines that access to justice is what is presently lacking in Ghana, hence the need for periodic interactions with opinion leaders as a way of addressing the challenge.

He assured that they are ready to assist anyone. He therefore charged the public not to hesitate to come to their office for assistance “and we will be ready to assist”.

Nana Owusu Achiaw, Chairman for the Association of Chiefs and Queens-Obuasi in his acceptance speech thanked implementers of the project for the initiative. He charged partakers of the meeting to make good use of the information they acquired in course of the engagement.

Esther Poku-Aduhene (CHRI/Public Education and Advocacy Specialist of the Activity) in her address gave an overview of the USAID Justice Sector Support Activity project

ABOUT PROJECT

It is an Activity which focuses on monitoring and sustaining the implementation of Ghana’s Case Tracking System (CTS)-software system instituted by Chemonics International and its partners aimed at employing technology solutions to track criminal cases from inception until being disposed of.

The Activity which is being implemented in forty (40) target Districts in seven regions in Ghana aims at ensuring that marginalized communities through mobilization and innovative public education programmes are aware of and supported to track progress of the delivery of the CTS.

Source; www.leakynews.net

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