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Title:The role of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice in Ghana
Author:Short, Emile Francis
Periodical:Annual conference - African Society of International and Comparative Law
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:human rights
Abstract:The 1992 Ghana Constitution provides for the setting up of a Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice, with responsibility for protecting the fundamental human rights and freedoms of the citizenry. The Commission also has a duty to ensure that public institutions and public officials discharge their duties with fairness and transparency. The author, Ghana's Commissioner for Human Rights and Administrative Justice, details the Commission's constitutional and statutory mandate and the justification for its establishment. He discusses the Commission's functioning in promoting administrative justice, enforcing probity and accountability in the public sector by virtue of its power to investigate allegations of corruption and to enforce the Code of Conduct for public officers, and promoting human rights. He notes that insufficient funding from central government has been one of the reasons for the inability of the Commission to acquire much needed logistics to make its service delivery more effective. However, its independent posture in the handling of cases has won public confidence and credibility, and it has become an indispensable complement to the traditional courts.