Tuesday, 23. October 2012, Geneva.
Norway would like to thank Ghana’s delegation for the presentation of their National Report.
We welcome Ghana’s government’s recent acceptance of the recommendation by the Constitution Review Commission to abolish the death penalty. We hope to see that this intention becomes a reality. Norway recommends that Ghana takes the necessary measures to remove the death penalty from existing laws and signs and ratifies the Second Optional Protocol to the ICCPR aiming at the abolition of death penalty.
Reports show that sexual minorities in Ghana are exposed to discrimination, harassment and violence. Several stakeholders are concerned that sexual activity between consenting adults of same sex remains prohibited under the Criminal Code. We recommend that Ghana ensure that the provisions in the Constitution that guarantee equality and dignity are equally applied to members of the LGBT community and ensure thorough and impartial investigation into all allegations of attacks and threats against individuals targeted because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Norway also recommends that Ghana ensures that effective and prompt investigations are carried out into all allegations of domestic violence and female genital mutilation, and that those responsible are brought to justice.
Finally, we welcome Ghana’s intention to set up an inter-ministerial implementation Committee to oversee the implementation of recommendations the country receives during the UPR process. We wish the Government of Ghana success in this endeavor.
1. Does the Government of Ghana intend to abolish the death penalty as recommended by the Constitution Review Commission? Will the Government establish an official moratorium on the use of the death penalty, pending abolition of the death penalty?
2. How will the Government act to ensure thorough and impartial investigation into all allegations of attacks and threats against individuals targeted because of their sexual orientation or gender identity?
3. What steps is the Government taking to fulfill its obligation under the Convention on the Rights of the Child and other treaties to legally protect children from all corporal punishment?