Amnesty International has condemned the inhuman and degrading treatment metered onto the alleged “fake soldier.”
In a press release from Amnesty International and copied to Newsghana.com.gh on 1st February, 2018, it stated “Our attention has been drawn to the inhuman, unjust and barbaric treatment handed down by uniformed military personnel to an alleged “fake soldier” in a video circulating in the news and on social media. According to sources the alleged “fake soldier” was arrested by some military personnel upon a tip-off at Nsawam in the Eastern Region.
In the said video, a man, identified as Essel Prince Ferguson, was slapped by a uniformed military personnel and was being forced to dress up against his will. When he protested he was slapped in the face while abusive words were used against him.
Amnesty International, Ghana finds this completely unacceptable. We condemn it in the strongest term. This is against our laws in Ghana and against international human rights standards. It promotes impunity and disrespect for our laws.
The behaviour of the uniformed military personnel violates Article 15 (1) of the 1992 Constitution which mentions that the dignity of ALL PERSONS shall be inviolable. Article 15 (2) (a) further condemn torture, cruel, inhuman treatment or punishment against any person be he arrested, restricted or detain for any reason.
Note long ago, Ghana witnessed the murder of an Army Captain, who was on an official assignment by people who believe in taking the law into their own hands. This action and other similar actions were condemned by all well meaning Ghanaians. It is therefore rather disheartening to see uniformed military personnel behave in this unacceptable manner.
In this regard, Amnesty International, Ghana calls on the Military hierarchy and the Minister of Defense and Interior to quickly bring to book those military personnel caught on video manhandling the alleged “fake soldier” and report outcome of the sanctions to the people of Ghana. We again call on the Inspector of Ghana Police (IGP) to see to the arrest and prosecution of any person who decides to flout our laws and abuse any person’s human rights for any reason.
Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people who take injustice personally. We are campaigning for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all as contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international agreed human rights standards.”