For Immediate Release
RESPECT THE RIGHTS OF SUSPECTS BEING TRIED IN THE 3 TAKORADI KIDNAPPED GIRLS CASE – THE HUMAN RIGHTS REPORTERS GHANA
The Human Rights Reporters Ghana writes to request all stakeholders of the Three Kidnapped Taadi Girls to respect the rights of suspects being tried in the case.
We urge family members, of the three girls to respect the legal proceedings, the institutions and officers of the legal system and the police as they perform their duties.
According to section 12 subsections 1 of the constitution of the Republic of Ghana which borders on human rights and freedoms. “The fundamental human rights and freedoms enshrined in this chapter shall be respected and upheld by the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary and all other organs of government and its agencies and, where applicable to them, by all natural and legal persons in Ghana, and shall be enforceable by the Courts as provided for in this Constitution.
Section 19 sub-section 1 of the constitution is emphatic that “A person charged with a criminal offence shall be given a fair hearing within a reasonable time by a court.”
This is an indication that all persons in Ghana including the suspects in the Taadi Girls kidnapped have the right to fair trail and until the court proves them guilty beyond all reasonable doubts they remain suspects who have rights which must be guarded, protected and not violated by anyone or group of persons aggrieved by their actions or inactions.
We therefore urge all stakeholders to be guided by this and allow the court to do its work and legal processes to be carried out without interested parties attempting to take the law into their own hands to give any form of instant justices or vent their anger on suspects.
The Human Rights Reporters Ghana wishes to appeal to all stakeholders especially family members whose daughters have gone missing thus the families of Priscilla Blessing Bentum, Priscilla Mantebea Koranchie and Ruth Love Quayson.
Let us all allow the judicial arm to carry out its work. Human Rights Reporters Ghana, stands with us all as we work hard to unravel the dark spots and solve the puzzle surrounding the three kidnapped Taadi Girls.
Together, let us build a society for all without discrimination.
Joseph Kobla Wemakor Wisdom Eli Kojo Hammond
Executive Director Project Director