By: Staff Writer/ www.africanakua.com, Ghana
The Amnesty International Ghana, has described a demolishing exercise that took place at Bimbila Station at Old Fadama, a suburb of Accra, as untimely and insensitive to human rights protection.
In a press statement issued on Thursday, the human rights organization indicated that the act carried out by the Ministry of Water and Sanitation and the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), infringes on the rights of the most vulnerable in society and delays government’s efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19 pandemic.
“This is the time we expect all government institutions and agencies to work together to support government’s effort to fight the COVID 19 pandemic. A demolition by these government agencies at the height of fighting a pandemic is uncalled for and puts into question government’s commitment to provide the needed protection for the most vulnerable people in this slum” the statement indicated.
The statement further insists that government institutions and agencies must collaborate to curb the spread of Covid-19 questioning government’s commitment to providing protection to the most vulnerable people in the slum.
“All governments and other actors involved in responding to the Covid-19 must ensure that international human rights laws and standards are at the centre of all responses to the disease, in order to best protect public health and support people who are most at risk of adverse impacts.”
Mr. Robert Akoto Amoafo, the Director of Amnesty International Ghana, who signed the statement, called on the government institutions responsible to halt all further demolition at Old Fadama or make alternative arrangements to relocate the residents, before continuing any demolition in the community.
He charged the government to ensure that all its agencies and institutions take into consideration the current COVID-19 pandemic in their efforts to implement trategies and plans.
Read Full statement below: