Associate Professor at University of Ghana School of Law, Kwadwo Appiagyei-Atua has stated that protestors in occupy Jubilee House demonstration are entitled to remedies for the treatment meted out to them by the Police.
Prof. Appiagyei-Atua said this in relation to the arrest and violation of human rights of the protestors by Police personnel on Thursday, September 21, 2023 when they were about to begin the demonstration in Accra.
“The rights to freedom of assembly, freedom of association, freedom of expression has all been violated and so they are entitled to remedies for what has happened. They can go to CHRAJ, CHRAJ can take up this matter. They can go to the high, a human rights court at the high court level that can take this matter up,” he said.
The law lecturer noted that because the police is not an adjudicating body, it should have gone through the full hog in securing the injunction.
“The whole thing is that the case has not been called, service has not been effected, so let's supposed that service has been effected, the case has not been heard in court, so injunction has not been issued,” he argued.
Prof Appiagyei-Atua explained further that, “You have to also look at the action of the police. If the injunction has not been issued and they feel that the demonstrators shouldn't have gone on demonstration, they cannot take the law into their own hands and prevent them, arrest them, molest them and so on. They have to go back to court for the court to make a determination that probably the demonstrators are in contempt of court, for example.”
The police on Thursday, September 21,2023 arrested some protestors who were about marching to the Jubilee House to picket.
Although Police had applied for an injunction on the demonstration, this had not been granted yet the police prevented the protestors from proceeding and arrested some of them including Osagyefo Oliver Barker-Vormawor who is the lead convenor.
The protestors have since been released and set to continue with day 2 of the demonstration.
By Esther Nyantakyiwaa Akaba