Recommendations and Advance Questions for Ghana

Statement delivered by First Secretary Paul Bjørdal, 7 November 2017

We welcome the delegation of Ghana and the presentation of their national report.

Norway commends Ghana for the progress made and positive actions taken up since the second UPR cycle in 2012. We welcome the ratification of the Optional Protcol to the Un Convention against Torture. 

Norway recommends that Ghana take immediate measures to introduce a formal moratorium on executions and take concrete steps toward the total abolition of the death penalty.

Norway is concerned about high prevalence of domestic violence and rape, and recommends that legislation on domestic violence be fully implemented.

Norway recommends that laws protecting girls and women from Female Genital Mutilation be strengthened through dedicated programs and mechanisms, and monitored closely.

Norway recommends that Ghana prioritize and fund information campaigns for non-discrimination and universal access for the LGBT group of Ghana.

Lastly, Norway recommends anti-trafficking legislation to be adopted and implemented.

Thank you.

Advance Questions

  1. Death sentence is still a part of Ghanaian legislation, even if a moratorium is in place. What are the next step for the government in order to abolish death penalty?
  2. Female Genital Mutilation remains a serious problem in parts of Ghana. What policies will Ghana implement in order to reduce and ultimately abolish this practice?

  3. Trafficking of minors and child labor continues to be a serious problem in Ghana. Girls and women being are especially a vulnerable group. What efforts will Ghana take to reduce trafficking?

  4. Numerous reports point to the fact that people belonging to the LGBT group face discrimination on a regular basis and that they do not have the same access as the rest of the population to basic health and social services. What measures will Ghana take to ensure equal treatment of this group?