The Human Rights Reporters Ghana has condemned the alleged acts of brutalities meted out to Ghanaians in the wake of partial lock down in Accra, Kumasi, Tema and Jason.
They have equally called on the public to. respect the dictates of the President’s directives to ensure peaceful co-existence and avoid the spread of COVID-19 disease.
Similarly they also appealed to government to bring officers on the ground to order, if allegations are found to be true.
The human rights NGO said videos of the alleged punishments meted out to citizens was uncalled for.
These was in a news statement signed by Mr Joseph Kobla Wemakor its Executive Director and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra.
“The Human Rights Reporters Ghana (HRRG) is alarmed by the countless abuses meted out, being meted out and will be meted out by the police and military officers deployed to maintain law and order and enforce the lockdown directives to help contain the COVID-19 pandemic in Ghana.
Men and women have been allegedly abused by officers who are beating, slapping, spanking and applying unreasonable force. The continuous abuse of Ghanaians across Accra, Kumasi, Kasoa and Tema by these men in uniform goes to defeat the purpose for which they are in town.
The organization again cautioned people who do not have anything to do during the lock down period to stay at home to avoid any degree of confrontation.
The President in his briefing of the nation did not instruct officers to abuse his citizens in any way.We at the Human Rights Reporters Ghana as human rights activists condemn the approach and methodology being used to ensure citizens observe the laws.
“We urge Ghanaians to be law-abiding and act within the confines of the order ensuring our restrictive movement.”
?The right to life and health are universally recognized and are fundamental parts of our understanding of a life with dignity.