CHRAJ Partners iWatch Africa to combat human rights abuse and corruption

The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) has partnered iWatch Africa, a not-for-profit organization that draws on their expertise in data and investigative journalism and data visualization to fight corruption and human rights abuse in Ghana.

The project, “Leveraging the power of data and digital tools to Stop Human Rights Abuse – An iWatch, CHRAJ and Police Collaboration”, will train and empower journalists and student journalists with these data and digital tools to find and report on cases involving human rights abuses and corruption.

The goal is to support CHRAJ and the Police to use these effective communication tools to educate the public and report more about these topical issues, for them to take real action to resolve the reported cases.

When iWatch Africa paid a courtesy call on the Commission last Tuesday, the CHRAJ Commissioner, Joseph Whittal praised iWatch’s initiative and creativity to bring human rights issues to life and expressed support for the project: “We are happy to partner this initiative as it sinks well with our mandate and efforts to bring human rights abuse issues to fore. This connects perfectly with our efforts which is captured in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”.

The Project Lead for iWatch Africa, Nana Boakye-Yiadom was optimistic about the future and the impact of the project which is being funded by the American Embassy Ghana: “The Police administration has also agreed to partner us on this all-important project. This underscores the commitment of these two very important institutions to deal with these critical fundamental issues of human existence”.

The project will officially be launched on 22nd October 2019 at the University of Ghana campus.

Released by Communications Director , Philip Kwasi Banini

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Gideon Sarpong

Gideon Sarpong is a media practitioner with over six years experience in data, investigative and policy journalism. Gideon is currently the Policy and News Director at iWatch Africa. His major role includes developing news strategy for correspondents across Ghana, as well as designing project and policy focus for the organisation. He is an author with over eight publications; a fellow of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), Thomson Reuters Foundation (Wealth of Nations Program), Commonwealth Youth Program (DYLP) and Bloomberg Data for Health Program. Gideon holds a degree in economics from the University of Cape Coast and PgD in Policy Journalism and Media Studies from the University of Zambia. He is a firm believer in the use of data journalism and technology for development and is committed to promoting transparency and accountability in Africa.

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