US Human Rights report has vindicated NDC’s 2020 election violence claim – Edem Agbana

A deputy national youth organiser of the opposition NDC has said that his party has been vindicated following the release of the 2021 Human Rights Report by the US.

The report which was released on Tuesday April 26 said among other things that there were a few reports that the government or its agents committed arbitrary or unlawful killings.

“On June 26, unidentified perpetrators beat #FixTheCountry movement supporter and social activist Ibrahim “Kaaka” Muhammed in Ejura, Ashanti Region,” the report noted.

“On  June 28, he died in the hospital from his injuries. Muhammed, who was also a member of the Economic Fighters League (EFL), was a vocal anticorruption activist, and #FixThe Country had protested against restrictions on freedom of assembly (see section 2.b., Freedom of Assembly).”

According to the report, EFL reported that Muhammed had received threats due to his activism, and police had warned him prior to his beating and death against disturbing the peace.

Although an investigation into Muhammed’s death continued, some persons seeking justice for him were shot by state Security apparatus.

“On June 29, during protests in the wake of his death, security forces shot and killed two persons,” the US said in its report.

Offices charged with investigating security force killings include the Special Investigations Branch of the Ghana Armed Forces and the Police Professional Standards Bureau.

But speaking on Dwaboase on TV XYZ, Edem Agbana observed that the report was not surprising since it only confirmed the NDC’s position on the violent nature of the Akufo-Addo government.

“We in the NDC kept saying that this government is violent and could not absolve itself from blame as far as the shooting of some persons during the 2020 elections is concerned,” he argued.

“We told Ghanaians…but the hypocrisy is too much. When we spoke about these issues some people thought it was the word of the NDC against the reality, ” he stated in Akan.

He said the report has only come to confirm the reality.

“Just like the economy, NDC kept saying the economy was collapsing and proffered solutions but, as usual, they thought it was the NDC that had wanted to make the government unpopular untill rating agencies like Fitch came to tell us what the situation was like,” Agbana added.

The Controversy

Meanwhile, the Director of the Faculty of Academic Affairs & Research at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPKTC), Professor Kwesi Aning has said the 2021 Human Rights Report on Ghana should be dismissed.

The security consultant described the report as rubbish and should be treated with the contempt that it deserves in an interview with TV3.

He added that Ghana does not need the US State Department to tell the Ghanaian situation.

“Were you to put 20 Ghanaian scholars and human rights activists together we can write a worst report about the United States. So this report to me is rubbish and I think it should be treated with the contempt that it deserves. After almost 62 years of independence we can write our own report.

“We have a vibrant Civil society, we have a Parliament irrespective of its problems or weaknesses, we have a judiciary that we can criticize. A whole Minister made suggestions about how judicial decisions can lead to certain problems

“We don’t need the State Department to tell what we are doing right or wrong. So I think we should dismiss this report with the contempt that it deserves. I think after all these years of independence we should be bold and tell them that this not right.”




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