CHRAJ: Take advantage of human rights protection mechanisms

The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), has called on public officials and the public to invoke the Commission’s mandate in cases of abuse of power and human rights.

It encouraged public officials to take advantage of the human protection mechanisms under the Commission’s mandate instead of resorting to complaining through radio and television shows.

Richard Quayson, Deputy Commissioner of CHRAJ, stated at a day’s forum to enlighten on the mandate of CHRAJ, National Anti-Corruption Action Plan 2015 -2014 (NACAP) and the code of ethics for public officers.

The forum was organised in the first of series of bi-monthly public educational platform being created to update the skills on reportage of national issues and also serve as a medium to regularly engage strategic stakeholders.

The forum is also to deepen engagement with stakeholders, state institutions and civil society organisations as well as create the platform for effective discussion of national issues.

Mr Quayson indicated that “the commission envision for a society that is free, just and equitable where human rights and dignity are respected, power is accountable and governance is transparent.

“The commission can’t do anything if the public don’t come to them with their complaints for redress, maladministration or abuse of power including victimisation, bias, neglect and arbitrariness should be directed to the commission for redress,” he noted.

Emphasising the importance of human rights in public offices, Mr Quayson pointed out that, “Public service institutions are like blood vessels that distribute blood to other parts of the body and a body needed them to function well.”

Kwaku Osei Bonsu, acting General Manager, encouraged journalists to support fight against abuse of human rights and guard against using the news network to abuse the citizenry.

He encouraged reporters to continue to exhibit professionalism through accurate, unbiased and fair reportage. -GNA

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