John Agyekum Kufuor, a former president of Ghana, has made clear his position on the importance of democracy, human rights, and the rule of law for effective government and national growth.
The statesman quoted his 2008 remarks in response to the unjustified detention of protesters affiliated with the #OccupyJulorbiHouse demonstration by the Ghana Police Service in a tweet sent out on September 21, 2023, on Thursday.
“Respect for human rights, democracy, and the rule of law, along with free and fair elections, are essential to good governance and the development of peace and security everywhere,” President Kufuor wrote in a tweet.
49 protesters were unlawfully detained by the police as a result of the purported illegality of the protest.
Police unlawfully detained 49 demonstrators on Day 1 (September 21) of the #OccupyJulorbiHouse demonstrations organized by the Democracy Hub, a group of young activists. The protestors were marching to demand action against the ongoing economic crisis and corruption.
The police’s handling of the illegal arrests, particularly how they interfered with the freedom to peaceful assembly as guaranteed by the constitution, drew scathing condemnation.
Even while fellow demonstrators and attorneys sought to gain bail for the illegally arrested individuals, police sent the detainees to the regional headquarters before dividing them up to around eight police stations scattered throughout the capital.