Protect Citizens Right Amidst Lockdown – Centre for Victims of Injustice

Protect Citizens Right Amidst Lockdown – Centre for Victims of Injustice

The Centre for Victims of Injustice, Ghana (Cen VI, GH), has asked government to protect the rights of citizens during this period of restricted movements of persons.

In a press statement issued on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 by Cen VI, GH, it said “as the nation observes the 14-day lockdown, the rights of citizens must be respected and protected, including the right to health care, security, and access to food and water”.

Felix Engsalige Nyaaba, Executive Director and Founder, Centre for Victims of Injustice

“The lockdown must have a human face to enable citizens and the general public to have access to vital needs and relief for those who can no longer earn a living since majority of Ghanaians are daily earners and live below the poverty line,” the Statement said signed by Felix Engsalige Nyaaba, the Executive Director and Founder.

This call from Cen VI, GH comes as a result of a citizen who lost his life from a struggle with a military man through gun shots on Sunday at Ashaiman.

The military man is said to be a member of the Operation COVID SAFETY team assigned at Ashaiman.

Cen VI,GH also called for a swift investigation into the case and the right sanctions be given to the military man involved.

Also, “while we acknowledge the magnitude of the challenge and efforts made by the government to fight COVID-19 across the country, we are also alarmed by several reports and videos circulating on social media showing violations of human rights, that include beating of civilians by law enforcement agencies tasked with ensuring compliance of the lockdown” the statement added.

Below is the full statement

The Centre for Victims of Injustice, Ghana (Cen VI, GH), has asked government to protect the rights of citizens during this period of restricted movements of persons.

In a press statement issued on Tuesday 7th of April, by Cen VI, GH says “as the nation observes the 14-day lockdown, the rights of citizens must be respected and protected, including the right to health care, security, and access to food and water”.

The lockdown must have a human face to enable citizens and the general public to have access to vital needs and relief for those who can no longer earn a living since majority of Ghanaians are daily earners and live below the poverty line.

This call from Cen VI, GH comes as a result of a citizen who lost his life from a struggle with a military man through gun shots on Sunday at Ashaiman. The military man is said to be a member of the Operation COVID SAFETY team assigned at Ashaiman.

Cen VI,GH also calls for a swift investigation into the case and the right sanctions be given to the military man involved.

Also, “while we acknowledge the magnitude of the challenge and efforts made by the government to fight COVID-19 across the country, we are also alarmed by several reports and videos circulating on social media showing violations of human rights, that include beating of civilians by law enforcement agencies tasked with ensuring compliance of the lockdown” the statement added.

 

Source: Newswatchgh.com

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