By Afedzi Abdullah, GNA
Cape Coast, Jan. 31, GNA - A total of 388 cases of abuse against women and children’s rights were recorded by the Central Regional Office of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) last year.
The figure, represented more than half of the total cases of human rights abuses recorded in the Region in the year under review.
Two hundred and fifty (250) cases of violation of children's rights made up of 156 child- non- maintenance cases, 15 cases of improper care, 21 cases of ‘right to name’, 19 violation of right to education and two cases each for child labour and early marriages were received.
One hundred and three (103) cases on women’s rights including 46 cases of denial and non-maintenance of pregnancy as well as 15 sexual harassment and domestic violence cases were received in the year under review.
Mr Tetteh Tuwor, Regional Director of the Commission, who made this known to the GNA in an interview in Cape Coast on Tuesday, said a total of 660 cases of various human rights abuses were recorded in the region.
They are made up of 638 Direct Human Rights abuses, 19 Administrative Justice cases, and three corruption cases against public officials.
The Commission was able to close 124 case which were pending in 2017 after it successfully settled them through negotiations, investigations and mediations.
Mr Tuwor said the Commission recorded 137 cases of Property related Rights, while there were 104 Economic and Social Rights cases of which 43 were breach of agreement; 13 on non- payment of wages, 14 on Civil and Political Rights and respect for one’s dignity.
He said the Commission received 103 cases from Agona Swedru followed by Winneba with 92 cases, Dunkwa-On-Offin and Cape Coast recorded 69 and 56 cases respectively.
He called on parents, family members and community leaders to report cases of sexual abuse of children to expose perpetrators, adding that CHRAJ was ready to offer protection to citizens who reported crimes to avoid victimisation.
Mr Tuwor said the Commission embarked on a number of public education programmes through which they engaged directly with citizens at the community level, schools, groups and institutions on how they could demand accountability from public officers.
Such engagements, he said, offered the citizenry the opportunity to learn basic human rights and allowed those who ordinarily would not have the opportunity to access the legal services to also report and pursue corruption related cases.