Mr Speaker, I beg to move, that this Honourable House adopts the Report of the Committee on Constitu- tional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs on the Annual Report of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice for the year 2010.
Mr Speaker, in doing so, I present your Committee's Report.
The Annual Report of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) for the year ended 31st December, 2010 was laid before Parliament on Monday, 16th September, 2013 pursuant to article 218(g) of the 1992 Constitution and section 7(1)(h) of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice Act, 1993 (Act 456). In accordance with Order 177 of the Standing Orders of the House, the Annual Report was referred to the Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs for consideration and report.
The Committee met with the Commissioner on Human Rights and Administrative Justice, Ms Lauretta Vivian Lamptey, her two (2) Deputies, Mr Richard Ackom Quayson and Mr Joseph Whittal and other Officials from CHRAJ to consider the Report.
The Committee referred to the following documents during its deliberations:
i. The 1992 Constitution
ii. The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice Act, 1993, (Act 456)
iii. The Whistle blower Act, 2006, (Act 720)
iv. The Standing Orders of the House
Establishment and mandate of the Commission on human rights and administrative justice
Chapter 18 of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana and the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) Act, 1993 (Act 456) established CHRAJ and gave it the mandate to generally protect fundamental human rights and promote good governance in Ghana. The Commission's mandate is three-fold -- human rights, administrative justice and anti-corruption.
The human rights mandate
CHRAJ is mandated to protect fundamental human rights and freedoms. This includes civil and political rights; economic, social, and cultural rights; and other international human rights instruments which Ghana has ratified. The Human Rights mandate of the Commission are in two (2) categories, namely enforcement and promotion of human rights.
In the area of enforcement of human rights, CHRAJ is mandated to investigate individual complaints of human rights violations by persons and institutions in both the private and public sectors. The complaints are resolved by mediation, negotiation and hearing. Additionally,
when the Commission deems it necessary, it can seek remedies in court to enforce its recommendations on the complaints.
CHRAJ is also mandated to promote human rights by educating the public on human rights and freedoms. This is done through the Media, lectures, symposia and outreaches to rural communities and schools. In addition to educating the public, the Commission also conducts research on how Bills and Policies impact on human rights and freedoms and make appropriate recommendations.
The administrative justice mandate
The Commission is the Ombudsman of Ghana therefore has the mandate to promote administrative justice to make governance institutions and officials accountable, transparent and efficient. CHRAJ performs this mandate through investigation of complaints of maladmini- stration, arbitrariness, discrimination, abuse of power, unfair treatment of workers, neglect, delay, among others made against public institutions and officials. This mandate ensures improve- ment in public sector service delivery and eliminates arbitrariness and discrimination.
The anti-corruption mandate
On the issue of anti-corruption, the Commission is mandated to investigate abuse of power, all instances of alleged or suspected corruption and the mis- appropriation of public funds by government officials.
CHRAJ also performs the anti- corruption mandate by organising training programmes for public officials to increase awareness regarding the causes and dangers of corruption and assisting public officials in the proper management and resolution of conflict of interest cases among others. CHRAJ performs this