Amnesty International demands review of Police human rights curriculum
International human rights campaign group, Amnesty International, says the Ghana Police Service must, as a matter of urgency, improve its human rights curriculum for training new recruits into the service.
The call follows recent condemnations of the Police after two officers were shot and killed by their colleagues who mistook them for armed robbers.
In that incident, which happened at Winneba in the Central Region, a police officer who had sustained injuries from gun shots, and was being rushed to the hospital by another police officer, were mistaken to be criminals and were inadvertently shot by a patrol unit, resulting their death.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Ahmed Alhassan described the incident as unfortunate and promised reforms in the Police’s engagement with suspects.
But the Country Director of Amnesty International, Lawrence Amesu, says one of the central areas the Police must focus on is its human rights training.
He said even though the Service incorporates human rights consideration to a large extent in its operations, there was the need for its enhancement in the wake of recurrent instances of abuse.
Last month the Police shot and killed a fuel-tanker driver at Ashaiman who they mistook for an armed robber.
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