iWatch Africa officially launches its ‘Human Rights Abuse and Corruption Project’ in Accra

iWatch Africa officially launched its ‘Human Rights Abuse and Corruption Project’ last Tuesday at the University of Ghana in Accra.

The project which leverages data, investigative and digital tools to stop human rights abuses will train 60 journalists across the country to combat corruption and reduce human rights abuses in Ghana.

Project Lead, Nana Boakye-Yiadom, expressed iWatch Africa’s unwavering commitment to empowering journalists in Ghana, as well as addressing the challenge of human rights abuses and corruption.

“iWatch Africa over the years has resolved to tracking corruption in Ghana. This project will put a spotlight on human right abuses especially abuses by police officers and the general public. We are committed to educating the public to improve their responsiveness in dealing with rights abuses in Ghana,” Nana Boakye-Yiadom stated during the launch.

The Executive Director of anti-corruption CSO, Ghana Integrity Initiative, Mrs. Linda Ofori-Kwafo who officially launched the project last Tuesday charged Ghanaians to play an active role in reporting human rights abuses and corruption to relevant institutions.

Executive Director of Ghana Integrity Initiative, Mrs. Linda Ofori-Kwafo speaking at iWatch Africa launch

“Citizens have the most important role to play in reporting human right abuse and corruption. The institutions mandated to investigate corruption and human right abuses depend on information to do their work. So if the citizens whose rights are abused and we cannot be witnesses and refuse to report these things, it is like we are not ready to contribute our quota to the fight against corruption,” she stated.

Also speaking at the launch, Director of Human Rights at CHRAJ, Dr. Isaac Annan, urged Ghanaians to insist on their human rights and make demands from duty bearers to ensure that their rights are not infringed upon.

Dr. Isaac Annan, Director of Human Rights at CHRAJ

“Human rights are entitlements and there is no need for you to look over your shoulder before claiming your right… Before you claim a right, you need to know what your rights are,” he said.

Dr. Annan added that “Most of the promises made by politicians are human rights for which the people must know that whether the politicians are there or not, the state authorities are bound to implement those rights. It is not a favour, but increasingly we are tempted to believe that without the politician telling us, we can’t have those rights.”

Bojan Lazarevski, the Democracy & Human Rights Coordinator at the U.S. Embassy Ghana, who was also at the launch emphasized the commitment of the United States government in promoting human rights in Ghana.

Bojan Lazarevski, the Democracy & Human Rights Coordinator at the U.S. Embassy Ghana

The launch was followed by the first training session which was led by seasoned investigative journalist Manasseh Awuni Azure and data journalist, Mawuli Tsikata.

Manasseh Awuni Azure speaking at iWatch Africa project launch

The Human Rights Abuse and corruption project is being executed by iWatch Africa in collaboration with CHRAJ and the Ghana Police with support from the US Embassy Ghana.

Below are some pictures:

Mawuli Tsikata speaking at iWatch Africa Project launch
iWatch Africa team
Some participants during the iWatch Africa project launch
Some participants during the iWatch Africa project launch
Jonas Nyabor leading a session during iwatchs training in Accra

Report by Gideon Sarpong | iWatch Africa | Policy and News Director

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Gideon Sarpong

Gideon Sarpong is a policy analyst and media practitioner with close to a decade of experience in policy, data and investigative journalism. Gideon is a co-founder of iWatch Africa. He is an author; a fellow of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), Thomson Reuters Foundation, Commonwealth Youth Program ,Free Press Unlimited and Bloomberg Data for Health Initiative. Gideon is the founder of Sustainable Ocean Alliance Ghana. He was a 2021 Policy Leader Fellow at the European University Institute, School of Trans-national Governance in Florence, Italy and 2020/21 Open Internet For Democracy Leader. Gideon was also a 2022 Visiting Scholar/Reuters Fellow at the University of Oxford, UK and was selected as a 2022 TRF/Trust Conference Changemaker. He is currently the Africa Regional Cordinator for Environmental Justice Foundation and a 2023 Pulitzer ORN Fellow. Email: gideonsarpong@iwatchafrica.org.

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