An eight (8) member committee has been inaugurated by the Commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Mr. Joseph Whittal to plan activities towards the celebration of 30 years of the establishment of the Commission.
Speaking at the ceremony, Commissioner Whittal indicated that 30 years in the life of an institution is very crucial. He said it provides an opportunity to take stock of the institution’s growth, especially its achievements and challenges, and also give an account of its services, and make known its vision moving forward.
CHRAJ which was established under the 1992 Constitution of Ghana by the CHRAJ Act 1993 (Act 456) has three broad mandates namely human rights, administrative justice, and anti-corruption. Thus CHRAJ is the National Human Rights Institution of Ghana, the Ombudsman of Ghana, and the Anti-Corruption Agency and Ethics Office for the Public Service of Ghana.
As the National Human Rights Institution of Ghana, the Commission has a duty to promote and protect fundamental human rights and freedoms of all persons living in Ghana.
As the Ombudsman of Ghana, the Commission promotes administrative justice in public administration and secures improvement in public sector service delivery in Ghana. Under this Mandate, the Commission investigates complaints about how public institutions and their staff carry out their everyday executive and administrative functions.
The Commission is also one of the State Agencies with power to promote integrity in public service and combat corruption in Ghana. The Commission contributes to the promotion of high ethics and integrity in Public Service, and enforces compliance with ethical standards contained in the Code of Conduct for Public Officers.
He said marking 30 years of the Commission’s existence would present Ghanaians across the country with an avenue to appreciate the work of the Commission in relation to its mandates and services.
In addition, Mr. Whittal revealed that the Commission’s 30th Anniversary celebration also coincides with 75 years of the coming into being of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and 30 Years of the adoption of the Paris Principles.
As we celebrate 30 years as a Commission next year, we will also be celebrating the foundation stone of human rights in the world and the principles that have held us up as an effective NHRI, recognised among the top most Paris Principles compliant institutions in Africa, as well as 30 years of consistent Executive Rule, he stated.
He, therefore, urged the committee members to employ their expertise and skills in order to plan remarkable programmes for the celebration and to tell the story of an “A” status accredited Hybrid Human Rights Institution.
The members of the Committee are the Director of the Public Education Department, Mrs. Nana Yamfua Amua Sekyi, the Director of the Strategic Management and Innovation Department, Dr. Hod Anyigba, Deputy Director of Public Education, Mr. Mawuli Avutor, and the Head of Corporate Affairs and Communications, Mrs. Comfort Akosua Edu. The rest are Ms. Edna Dogbe of the Anti-Corruption Department, Mrs. Esther Annor of the Administrative Justice Department, Ms. Faith Pokwuah Antwi of the Human Rights Department, and Mr. Jonathan Addo, Strategic Management Department.
The CHRAJ Commissioner assured the Committee members of the Commission’s total support in executing their assigned duties.