The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) says Ghana has made good progress in building a democratic society, promoting human rights and observing civil liberties.
Mr Joseph Whittal, Deputy Commissioner of CHRAJ, made the observation during a discussion organized by the Institute of Democratic Governance (IDEG) in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration as part of activities marking the golden jubilee celebration of the AU on Friday in Accra.
The discussion was on the theme: “Ghana’s democratization process so far: The Africa Charter on democracy, elections and good governance in focus”.
“Although Ghana has made solid progress in building a democratic society and advancing human rights, we still have a long road to travel in establishing a culture of peace and human rights.
“Unfortunately cultural attitudes continue to hinder social progress, discriminatory and sometimes very dehumanizing customary practices and traditional norms seem to consign many vulnerable people including women and children and people with disabilities to subservient roles,” he said.
Mr Whittal said press freedom had played a critical role in ensuring the promotion of human rights and the observance of civil liberties in Ghana.
He said the nation could boast of the largest number of press houses and broadcast stations among others in West Africa.
He said there was a high level of human rights awareness even in the remotest village of Ghana adding that this awareness had driven marginalized individuals, such as women and girls, to demand their right to education and equal opportunities.
The Deputy Commissioner said while economic expansion and creation of civil space has been progressing, so has the state of the voiceless, the vulnerable and the poor in society been improving.
He said while the country had made progress, there was still a great deal of poverty, corruption, misery and lack of access to justice.
The IDEG discussion was patronized by the academia, civil society, faith-based organizations, the media and the public.
It is the first in a series of three public lectures as part of activities marking the AU’s golden jubilee celebration to be organized in the country this year. GNA