HRSI
HRSI

An on-going research by Human Rights Studies International (HRSI) on human rights abuses in Ghanaian prisons points to scary practices and maltreatments meted out to inmates. Often, these maltreatments lead to death of inmates? oblivion to the public. While a typical prison should be a reformatory ground for inmates, that in Ghana is a festering ground for hardened criminals and unreformed corrupt officials.

HRSI
HRSI

A typical prisoner is treated as an outcast left to rotten. They are fed with low standard of food unfit for humanity as a result of insufficient fund made available by the Government. A daily amount of GH?1.80ps allocated to an individual prisoner is woefully inadequate to provide them the requisite food. They are fed soup lighter and clearer to water, slowly exposing them to diseases. We are quick to observe the demise of incarcerated celebrities yet we cannot tell the number of ordinary prisoners who die daily in our prisoners. What we fail to appreciate is that, though parts of their rights have been withdrawn, that doesn?t mean they have no rights left. They still reserve some rights, inalienable as they are. This explains why convicted prisoners prefer death to a life in a Ghanaian cell.

Another situation is the issue of prisoners making bed on the floor due to inadequate blankets available to them. Our on-going research points to high incidence of pneumonia cases that the ordinary prisoner is exposed to. This, coupled with the manhandling of prisoners by prison officials is worth telling. A completed work of the research would be made available to Ghanaians early next year.

As the world mark International Human Rights Day, HRSI wants to use this media to appeal to families of inmates, charity organizations and religious institutions to show some love to the inmates in Ghanaian prisons in this festive season. They are in prison today, yet they reserve the paramount right to life which they cannot be denied.
HRSI wants to call on the Ghanaian Government to help increase the capitation of the average prisoner to an appreciable amount of GHC5.00 to help them access a balanced meal on a typical day. We may not cherish life till we lose the very one we have. Let us defend the rights of one another for a safe Ghana tomorrow. We need a reformed criminal and not a hardened criminal.

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