The British High Commission in Ghana has said that it will continue to increase its support for an improved justice system in Ghana.
The commitments were highlighted during a training of the Ghana Prisons service personal. They were drawn from various stations across the 43 prison estates in the country. A team of sixty GPS personal were trained in two batches
According to BHC, the training was aimed at equipping Ghana Prisons service personnel with relevant legal knowledge on local and international human rights laws; basic criminal law principles to enable participants understand ethical issues associated with paralegal duties and to enhance skills in taking instructions from prisoners regarding completion of criminal appeal documents.
The personal were trained by UK Barrister from Axiom International Ltd. Edward Hand, and assisted by the Executive Director of the Human Rights Advocacy Centre, Cynthia Nimo-Ampredu
The Head of Political and Communications team at the British High Commission, Mr Annup Vyas congratulated and thanked participants for their commitment, dedication and zeal during the four day training. He added that these skills will help them in defending the rule of law and respect the values of human rights in the country.
“Congratulations and thank you for your commitment to this course, to your service and to what you’ll continue to show in the coming years. The skills you have developed will stand you in good stead as defenders of the rule of law and human rights values.”
On his part, the Director of Prisons in charge of Administration and Finance, Mr Stephen Cofie noted that the training has provided the requisite knowledge to be trainers of trainees and called upon participants to administer paralegal assistance to other officers in their stations.
He said: “The training has provided the requisite knowledge to be trainers of trainees and I charge participants to administer paralegal assistance to other officers in their stations,”
In its bid to further strengthen its relations with Ghana, the British High Commission will subsequently fund Human Rights training for officers of the Ghana Prisons Service.