The issue of a greater number of prisoners overpopulating our prison facilities has come up again with a clear distinction as to which people make up for the overpopulation.A research conducted by the Amnesty International Ghana (AIG) in September 2011 has revealed that about 3, 000 people nation-wide are on remand without trial for three to seven years.
Also,about 133 people including women are on the death row in violation of their human rights.
An interview by GNA with Mr Lawrence Amesu, Director of AIG attributed the cause of this to the slow nature of the judiciary system.However,judges have already complained on the increasing number of cases and lack of lawyers to defend the poor.
OMGGhana’s checks at the court suggested that the police do not follow up cases of arrest and proper documentation of dockets for people on remand due to the increasing nature of criminal cases.As such,only the well to do people hire lawyers to follow up and ensure justice is served earlier.
He said the AIG had visited the office of the Chief Justice on the issues and the response was that the Judiciary had rolled out a programme dubbed “ Justice for all” where periodically the judicial service visits the prisons to try cases and release those found not guilty.
Mr Amesu applauded the judiciary system for the relatively improved human rights system in the country and called on the system to have such programme routinely to ensure that innocent people do not rot in jail.
He also touched on the education of the youth and the civil servants,pointing out the recent brutal beating of a young man in the Eastern Region by some military personnel.Apparently the young man was stripped naked and beat him severely for criticizing the activities of illegal mining in the area which posed health hazards to the people.
AIG is an independent global movement of more than three million supporters, members and activists in more than 150 countries who campaign to end human rights abuses. Its vision is for every person to enjoy all the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards.