This study argues on the premise that there is a significant relationship between regime change and the promotion and protection of human rights. Since Ghana returned to constitutional rule in 1992 establishing the Fourth Republic, the human rights record of the country was relatively disappointing in the early years of constitutional rule under the National Democratic Congress (NDC) led by J. J. Rawlings. With the alternation in power in 2001 with the coming into power, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government under J. A. Kufuor much was expected from the government to improve the human rights records of the country. The Kufuor administration therefore boasted of its human rights records. This book therefore examines the extent to which human rights were promoted and protected under the Kufuor administration (2001-2008) synoptically. The study argues that despite the improvement of human rights under the Kufuor regime, there were still cases of human rights abuses and violations by state institutions. The progress of the Kufuor administration in terms of human rights established a good foundation for successive governments to ensure the promotion and protection of human rights.
Joseph Bawa is currently working with the University of Ghana. His is with the Departments of Distance Education and Political Science. He has research interest in human rights, transitional justice and conflict.
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LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing
Human Rights, Ghana, NPP, Kufuor, Democracy
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General