International Day of the Disappeared: let us defend the common liberties of men and ensure their dignity.

The lives of men have been a phenomenon of gathering and scattering: it has been by choice and by force. The only exception to this phenomenon is the case of the Disappeared.

For the Disappeared, their right to choose is forfeited, and the right to know by their loved ones, is denied. As the World commemorates the International Day of the Disappeared today, August 30, 2020, the Centre for Constitutional Order, Cencord, wishes to restate the facts of the reality of the Disappeared as it calls on the World Leaders to rethink of the phenomenon and act on the side of correction. The facts of this reality is well captured by the resolution 65/209 of the UN General Assembly when on 21 December 2010, the global order adopted and passed International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. Since 2011, all member states have been governed by its precept and tenets.

In our own country, we pay tribute to the office of the Chief Justice of the Republic of Ghana as well as many good organizations such as Pos-Foundation, for the amazing work on the Justice for All Programme. We wish for more. We further entreat the rest of the Nation Ghana that shouts for Freedom and Justice whilst they work hard enough like the Gadiantons Robbers to ensure that there is freedom and justice for none. To this end, the Inspector General of Police, IGP ought to ensure that Ghana Police Service live within the Judgment in the case of Ex Parte Centre for Constitutional Order and report monthly to the courts of all arrests made in the nation that do not end up in the Court on charges or without charges in order to eradicate arbitrary arrests in this Republic. The President of the Republic ought to ensure that the IGP obeys the Orders of the High Court, Human Rights Division, Accra and bring to end IGP and his Ghana Police Service’s enduring contempt against the Honourable Court’s Order.

Again, this Centre calls the attention of the President of the Republic to yet another phenomenon of behaviour on the part of some securities capos that has grown horns in this Republic. The Director of Bureaus of National Intelligence, BNI, the IGP and Chief of Defence Staff, inter alia. These capos have no respect for the Courts in the Land. Whenever they misconduct themselves before the law, no order of the Court is action thereon by them. They have defiled contempt upon contempt and or similar orders by our Judiciary. Against this background, the Disappeared suffered the most. Under the current legal order, many Ghanaians who get arrested still spend more than forty-hours in the hand of the Police and BNI, among others. They have behaved as if they have same immunity the President of the Republic only enjoys under our constitutional order. Thus, arbitrary arrest marauds in this Country. Mr. President stop it and let the Disappeared appear.

And to the rest of the world, let the global leadership abstain from the abuse of their respective coercive powers. Put an end to Guantanamo Bay. Do not remind us of the dreaded concentration camps. Free those who still remain in your gauges. Let the World heed this honest call the current UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, thus:

“Impunity compounds the suffering and anguish.  Under international human rights law, families and societies have a right to know the truth about what happened.  I call on Member States to fulfill this responsibility.”


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