Amnesty International condemns Police, Vigilantes Attack on Demonstrators in Gha

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Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch (surveillance des droits de l’homme) a human rights organisation based in Abuja Nigeria, have strongly condemned the shooting and beating of Ghanaians who stormed the Police Headquarters to demand the release of Mr Koku Anyidoho, a Deputy General Secretary of Ghana’s biggest opposition party the NDC.

In a statement issued by its Secretary General, Dr Samson Rufai, Human Rights Watch condemned the attack describing it as senseless and cowardly.

The group called to the President of the Republic Nana Akufo-Addo to condemn the attack and to ensure that the emerging political tension in Ghana does not destabilise the West African Region.

“We turn to you, as the President of the Republic of Ghana and President of the most peaceful country in the Sub-region, because we have not heard your voice speak out against the shooting and beating of your citizens by the police and rented vigilante groups. Ignoring this violence means tacit support of this heinous act. Those who wish to kill demonstrators are not human beings – and President Akufo-Addo must say this loud and clear” the group stated in their release.

“We condemned the Mahama administration when the police brutally assaulted the “let my vote count” demonstrators and through our reps in Ghana, issued an official statement condemning their action which was published in some Ghanaian newspapers. The difference is, we heard denunciations and open condemnations from the then President Mr Mahama regarding the attacks on innocent citizens by the police,” the statement further stated.

The group ended their release by posing a question to the security authorities “are people demonstrating against the detention of a colleague not entitled to human right to life?”.


Members of the above group were allegedly attacked by some police personnel during a demonstration. Some of the demonstrators decided to use their own route instead of the route the group agreed with the police to use. Some of the demonstrators resisted attempts by the police to direct them through the approved route. This led to attacks on some of the demonstrators.

President Mahama issued official statement condemning the attack and ordered full investigations into the matter. President Mahama reiterated his call for full investigation into the matter when he addressed the Chiefs and people of Asogli state during their Asogli Yam festival.

He asked the police administration to probe excesses during the demonstration. He also called on the police authorities to examine the event critically and take steps to avert similar occurrences in the future.

After the then President John Dramani Mahama has called on the police to investigate the matter, the then leader of the biggest opposition party the NPP, Nana Akufo-Addo called for a Presidential probe into the matter.

Is Nana Akufo-Addo going to establish a commission of enquiry to go into the matter to see how come the police and his vigilante forces behaved the way they did?


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