In our attempt to ensure that the rights of everyone are protected, we place so much emphasis on the following:
In addition, “Free World Foundation” has established and implements the Ghana Rights Watch Project (G.R.W.P). This project monitors all forms of human rights violations that occur in Ghana and are reported in the media and prepares a quarterly report on such violations.
“Free World Foundation” also undertakes what it calls the “Rights Education for All”. Under this programme, officials of the “FOUNDATION” visit schools, mosques, churches and other social gatherings to educate the people about their fundamental human rights. This kind of education focuses on the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the United Nations Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana. “Free World Foundation” intends to translate these documents into the most spoken Ghanaian languages, namely, Twi, Ga, Nzema, Dagbani and Ewe if it is able to raise the needed funds for that purpose.
We also undertake what we have termed the “Justice for All Project”. Under this programme, we raise funds to pay the legal fees of suspects who cannot “hire” lawyers to defend them in court. Our investigations have revealed that several prisoners in Ghana’s prisons are there, not necessarily because they were guilty of the offences that took them there, but because of their inability to get proper legal representation in court. An example that readily comes to mind is the road traffic offenders who without any legal representation in court are made to plead guilty under the guise that, that plea would lead to a mitigated sentence.
We also advocate for the speedy trial of suspects who have unnecessarily been put on remand for a very long time. This is premised on the conviction that “justice delayed is justice denied”.
Under the “Justice for All Project”, “Free World Foundation” intends to set up the “Justice for All Fund” from which victims of human rights abuses would be adequately rehabilitated. Although Ghana has passed the Domestic Violence Act, several peoples’ whose rights are violated are not able to report the perpetrators. This is because victims want to protect their marriages. Besides, where the accused is the family’s breadwinner, victims are not able to report the perpetrators. We are of the view that if victims are assured of their upkeep, by way of skills building that would empower them for the rest of their lives; they would readily report cases of violations against them.
There are also instances where some people are dismissed from their work places just because they reported the corrupt practices of their superior officers.
The passage of the Whistleblowers Act is not an enough safeguard for most Ghanaian workers. By setting up this fund, we shall be able to support whistleblowers that are victimised until they are eventually reinstated. By so doing, we shall win the fight against corruption.