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The joint security force deployed to enforce the country’s partial lockdown has come under attack for their alleged brutalities on civilians.

The latest to join the trend is the Human Rights Reporters Ghana (HRRG) which believes what is happening currently, is a replica of the Ayawaso West Wuogon violence which saw many persons injured.

Making references to some of the alleged brutalities, the group intimated that they are unjustifiable and must be stopped immediately adding that all these points to the improper execution of lockdown orders.

The HRRG in a statement jointly signed by its Executive Director, Joseph Kobla Wemakor and Project Director, Wisdom Eli Kojo Hammond blatantly condemned what they described as the violation of the rights of citizens.

“Ghana has danger looming in her face as the COVID-19 lockdown abuse continues and the police and military disregard social distancing rules in town while helping us contain the disease. Some are slapping, touching recalcitrant Ghanaians and coming into contact with likely infected persons without knowing.”

“There is an urgent need for the ethical considerations by security personnel in the enforcement of the partial lockdown orders while also looking at the human rights violation dimensions of their wild approach, the statement said.

“The excesses of the security officers must be condemned in no uncertain terms. They cannot be more lawless than lawless. In every society, there are deviants; that’s why we have laws to deal with such deviants. And as law enforcers, their job is to enforce the law, and there’s nowhere in the Imposition of Restrictions Act, 3020, which is currently in force, that prescribes assault as punishment for breach of the law. They need to enforce the law by arrest and prosecution and not subject citizens to a COVID-19 lockdown abuse.”

“They cannot enforce the law in their breach. Why did the Executive and Parliament spend resources, including time and money, to speedily prepare and pass the Imposition of Restrictions Act, if brute is the answer to enforcement? Yes, coronavirus may have placed us under a state of emergency but NO, it doesn’t displace us from under the rule of law! they asserted.”

The human rights entity made a passionate appeal to government to provide a holistic medical service and psychological support to victims of the said brutalities.



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