It may surprise you to know that as at 2007, more than one third of the total population in Ghanaian prisons have not been tried. This is indeed too much of a substantial number of persons who are left to rot away in prisons for many years without trial. Technically, our prisons hoard a huge number of innocent persons who are snatched away from their families, businesses and their lives without justice. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, article 11, states: “Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence.”.
It may be heartbreaking for you to know the innumerable years some of them spend in prisons as alleged criminals, some of them never see the light of day till they die. This intolerable practice in Ghanaian prisons has been a norm for years until
POS Foundation in partnership with the Center for Law and Development at the
GIMPA law school with Funding from Star-Ghana (USAID, DANIDA, DFID and EU) collaborated with the aforementioned stakeholders and organized the ‘Justice For All Program’ in 6 (six) Prisons within (4) four Regions. This was to help alleviate the overcrowding in Ghanaian prisons.
The staff of the POS Foundation acting as Paralegals has been very instrumental in the filing of cases, doing the research and interviewing of prisoners to aid the work of some defense attorneys assigned to the cases. This work however, has gone almost unnoticed for a number of years until the Foundation was awarded in October, 2018 by the State for their work of supporting the Justice for All program and being very instrumental in the release of a substantial number of prisoners in six prisons in Ghana.
The POS Foundation is a Non-Governmental Union of Young Enterprising Ghanaians with the aim of Promoting Youth Development, Human Rights and Social Accountability for Collective Development. POS Foundation was established in 2005 by Mr. Jonathan Osei Owusu and is certified by the Registrar Generals Department, the National Youth Council and the Social Welfare of Ghana. It maybe a relatively smaller organization, but seemingly doing great things in the fields of human rights. You can read more on the Justice for all program here.
There is a lot of work being done in the field of human rights, yet still, there’s more to be done in Ghana. That’s why it’s even more imperative that those that make strides in this field are recognized to encourage more hands to make significant impact in Ghana and the world at large. In a world as broken as our’s it is indeed important that we build a generation of selfless and empathetic young people who will want to make the required change in their own small ways. You may not be in prison today, but it could be your loved one or even you for the most unexpected reason tomorrow. Let’s support what is true, just and right. You can start by sharing this article today. Thumbs up to POS Foundation!