Title Ghana: Revolutionary Injustice: Abuse of the Legal System Under the PNDC Government
Publisher Human Rights Watch
Publication Date 31 January 1992
Country Ghana
Topics Death penalty | Opposition | Persecution based on political opinion
Cite as Human Rights Watch, Ghana: Revolutionary Injustice: Abuse of the Legal System Under the PNDC Government, 31 January 1992, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/45cc67982.html [accessed 23 November 2017]
Comments Soon after it came to power, Ghana's ruling Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) established a "revolutionary" court system. Consisting of Public Tribunals which operate within the country's judicial system, this parallel system for the administration of justice has shown a cavalier disregard for normal judicial procedures. Created to further the government's political interests, only a handful of verdicts handed down by these courts have run contrary to the government's wishes. The Public Tribunals are the cornerstone of the government's institutionalized violation of human rights. The Tribunals operate under a veneer of legality that does not prevent widespread manipulation by the government, but which is often sufficient to make it difficult for Ghanaians to protest against their abuses.
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