Amnesty International (AI), Ghana has called on the government to abolish the death penalty, as recommended by the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC).
It said abolishing the death penalty would reduce the impact of capital punishment on the children of persons sentenced to death.
“The children of incarcerated parents who are on death row have not committed any crime, yet they are directly impacted by their parents’ involvement with the criminal justice system,” the Campaigns and Fundraising Co-ordinator of AI Ghana, Mr Samuel Komsa Agbotsey, said.
Mr Agbotsey was speaking at a campaign dubbed: ‘Public action on the impact of the death penalty of children’ organised by AI to mark the 17th World Day Against Death Penalty on the theme: “Children: Unseen victims of death penalty”.
The campaign participants paraded placards with inscriptions such as: “Abolish death penalty”, “Give life a chance”, “Death penalty kills people, not crime”, “Execute justice, not people”, “CRC says abolish the death penalty”, “Death penalty is unjust”, “Mr President, please implement the CRC’s recommendation to abolish the death penalty”, “The death penalty makes killers of us all” and “Stop crime, not lives”.
Ghana has not executed any convict in the last 26 years. The last execution carried out in Ghana was in 1993. It was by firing squad.
Statistics at the Ghana Prisons Service indicate that there are 180 prisoners on death row, including foreigners from Benin, Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Britain.