Constitution Review Report

The recommendations on human rights reinforce the current constitutional provisions and seek to expand them. The main recommendations are to reduce the maximum time a person may be detained before being brought to court from 48 hours to 24 hours and formally abolish the death penalty. Ghana is a de facto abolitionist country and this recommendation seeks to substitute for the penalty, life imprisonment without parole—a stiffer penalty for capital crimes than is currently the case in practice. The recommendations call for the recognition of economic, social and cultural rights as fully fledged rights; and provide for the passage of an Affirmative Action Act that, in part, ensures that there is at least 30% representation of each gender in all public offices. Other recommendations on human rights include clarifying and expanding the right to citizenship of categories of Ghanaians; and expanding the rights of children, PWDs (Persons With Disabilities) and the aged.

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