ERIC Number: ED425812
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-May
Reference Count: N/A
Rights of the Child in Ghana.
Lacroix, Anne Laurence
This report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child contains observations of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) concerning the application of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child by the Republic of Ghana. The report's introduction asserts that although OMCT welcomes the measures taken by the Ghanian authorities in order to bring national legislation and policy into line with the Convention, as well as the self-critical attitude adopted by Ghana's own report on its progress, OMCT regrets that Ghana's report deals only very briefly with certain of the main objectives incumbent upon the government and certain major violations affecting the rights of the child. The report then presents observations and recommendations in the following areas: (1) definition of a child; (2) age of criminal responsibility; (3) protection against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatments (penalties not proportionate to the gravity of the crimes committed against children, annihilation of criminal responsibility in certain circumstances, existence of discrimination based on the age and sex of minors); and (4) children in conflict with the law. Following its own conclusions, the report includes a summary of observations and recommendations by the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child--Ghana, in the following areas: positive factors, factors and difficulties impeding the implementation of the Convention, principal subjects of concern, and suggestions and recommendations. (EV)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), Geneva (Switzerland).
Identifiers: Ghana; Torture; Torture Victims; United Nations Convention on Rights of the Child
Note: Report presented to the Committee on the Rights of the Child (15th Session, Geneva, Switzerland, May-June 1997). For other reports in the Rights of the Child series, see PS 027 031-038. Support provided by the Hans Wilsdorf Foundation, the Fondation de France, and the city of Lausanne.