Pressure group, 'Let My Vote Count Alliance' has petitioned the United Nations (UN) over brutalities meted out to some members of the group by the police.
LMVC petitions UN over Police attacks
“The Ghanaian Government has acted with total and reckless disregard for human rights by unilaterally ordering and directing a ‘preemptive strike’ and a show of aggression against Ghanaians"
A demonstration by the members and supporters of the Alliance to drum home the need for a new voters register turned violent. Many people got injured and some were flogged by the police.
The police claimed the demonstrators violated agreements on the approved routes.
The development, the protesters have argued, needs intervention from the UN since the conduct of the Police contravenes the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Chapter seven of Ghana’s 1992 Constitution.
“The Ghanaian Government has acted with total and reckless disregard for human rights by unilaterally ordering and directing a ‘preemptive strike’ and a show of aggression against Ghanaians — actions that will cause irreparable harm and destabilize our peaceful country. This is in violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and recognizes that disregard and contempt for human rights result in barbarous acts which outrage the conscience of mankind.”
“The Mahama led NDC government have deliberately used their control of state institutions to turn the country into a Police totalitarian state. The Ghanaian Police under the control of the President John Mahama Administration has demonstrated total disregard for the Public Order Act, 1994” the petition added.
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