A five Member Delegation from the Kingdom of Eswatini led by its Under Secretary, at the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Madam Gugu Victoria Nsibande has paid a benchmark visit to CHRAJ to study and learn more about best practices of Ghana’s National Human Rights Institution and to familiarize themselves with the mandates of the Commission as well as its other functions and responsibilities.
According to the head of the delegation, the decision to visit the Commission is to acquire technical assistance for the restructuring of Eswantini’s National Human Rights Institution, as well as acquaint themselves with the Commission’s legislation, mandates, and activities. She applauded CHRAJ for its international recognition as an “A” Status NHRI and for promoting respect for human rights and good governance through its triple mandate.
The Deputy Commissioner of CHRAJ in charge of Anti-Corruption, Research, and Public Education, Mr. Richard Quayson on behalf of the Commissioner welcomed the delegation to Ghana and to CHRAJ and indicated that the Commission was looking forward to an impactful knowledge and experience-sharing engagement as the benchmarking visit would provide both countries an opportunity to learn and improve on their work.
Deputy Commissioner of CHRAJ with responsibility for Human Rights, Administrative Justice, and Legal Services, Ms. Mercy Larbi, also briefed the delegation on the activities outlined for study and experience-sharing engagement. She explained that selected Departmental Directors were to deliver presentations on the Commission’s mandates and functions, and also pay visits to other state institutions with similar mandates including the Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Justice, the Office of the Special Prosecutor, the Economic and Organized Crime Office, and the Audit Service as well as selected Civil Society Organizations such as the Ghana Anticorruption Coalition, the Center for Democratic Development and the Ghana Integrity Imitative to ensure the delegation appreciates CHRAJ’s collaboration with other state and non-state actors in promoting human rights and good governance in Ghana.
Other members of the delegation were Madam Bongekile Linda Bonisile Nxumalo, Executive Secretary, Commission on Human Rights and Public Administration, Madam Jabulile Merica Phakathi-Maseko, Director, Anti-Corruption Commission, Mr. John Bayolo Job Mavuso, Legal Advisor, Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, and Madam Thembekile Olivia Makama, Principal Management Analyst, Ministry of Public Service.