Implement N.R.C. Report CDD Boss Urges Government
Prof. Emmanuel Gyimah-Boadi, Executive Director for CDD-GHANA, has called on the government to implement the recommendations of the National Reconciliation Commission (NRC) as a matter of urgency.
He suggested the establishment of an independent non-partisan commission to devise the appropriate modalities and supervise the implementation of the recommendations for reparation. He was speaking in Accra on Monday at a symposium jointly organized by the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences (GAAS) and the Friedriech Ebert Stiftung on “Reconciling the nation”.
Speaking on the topic; “Reconciliation; comparative perspectives.” Prof. Gyimah-Boadi said the issues involved – fair, sustainable and pro-reconciliation reparations – were very complex and therefore called for sober reflection.
“Ghanaian governments initiating rehabilitation have typically singled out for rehabilitation and resettlement, victims of human rights abuses under regimes with whom they share close political and ideological affinity.
“For example, Danquah-Busia governments rehabilitate and resettle Danquah-Busia politicians; Nkrumahist government rehabilitate and resettle Nkrumahist politicians, and so on,” he explained.
That tendency, he said, was not good enough adding, “post 1966 informal forms of victim rehabilitation have tended to be characterized by high degrees of selectivity and political partisanship.” Prof commend the NRC for the good work done because it “has helped many Ghanaians to know for the first time the fulton of the NRC recommendations meant nothing if they were not implemented.
“With individual contributors, let us not forget that some of the surviving perpetrators of these human rights crimes are wealthy people and should be atoning for their sins in a material way. The task of reconciliation is daunting; but we cannot give up. We had better fix this country of ours; for this is the only corner of the world we can call our own,” he stated.
A Supreme Court Judge, Justice Emeritus Prof. Modibo Ocran, who spoke on “The concept of reconciliation”, said reconciliation was about compensating people for the physical and economic harm done to them by state actors and others acting “under color of law.’
He called for the institution of a National Reparations Fund to finance the various components of comprehensive plan for reparations, sponsored principally by resources from the national budget for viability. Individuals and organizations, he said, could also contribute to the fund.
Source: The Ghanaian Times