Research & Fact-finding

Research and fact-finding

Fact finding at Budumburum Refugee Camp
Research and fact-finding

Research and fact-finding is an integral component of the HRAC. The office undertakes research on varied levels of human rights issues, both in the field and from the desktop. The research data is used to assess the extent of implementation of laws and policies, highlight policy and advocacy gaps and hold government accountable to its obligations. From this, the HRAC aims to develop interventions and programs to reduce human rights violations.

Through research and data analysis the HRAC is able to identify shortfalls and challenges in the implementation of policy and laws. Primarily, the HRAC targets and holds key state institutions accountable to their mandate. These institutions include the Police Service, Parliament, the Judiciary, Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE), Department of Social Welfare (DSW) and Ministries Agencies and Department (MDAs) and other relevant institutions.

Fact finding missions are also a significant part of human rights protection and promotion. The HRAC has employed this methodology to investigate human rights violations. It has conducted fact-finding missions in various locations in Ghana including the Northern, Eastern and the Greater Accra regions, and specifically including the towns of Danchira, Mpakadan and Gushiegu.

Since its inception in 2008, the HRAC has embarked on research on a wide range of subjects, including:

    Gender Policy Framework for Ghana Education Service
    Existing policies and legal framework relating to gender-based violence in schools.
    Implementation of HIV/AIDS Related Laws in Ghana and How They Address the Rights of Vulnerable Population in Ghana
    Human Rights Abuses of Female Sex Workers By Law Enforcement Agencies (Ghana Police Service)
    Access to the Right to Health
    Capital Punishment and Ghana
    Affirmative Action
    Police and Court Monitoring on Persons Living With HIV/AIDS and Other Most at Risk Groups
    School Feeding Program: The Impact on the Rights of the Child
    Forced evictions in Ghana, specifically residents of Old Fadama
    Seizure of Passport and Its Legal Implications
    Adoption of Children Procedures in Ghana

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