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Fifty-seven per cent of Ghanaians not aware of R2P concept

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Fifty-seven per cent of Ghanaians not aware of R2P concept

 

Fifty-seven per cent of Ghanaians not aware of R2P concept
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26 September 2015
GANAGEN
English
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A new research by the West Africa Network for Peace building (WANEP) shows that 57.10 per cent of Ghanaians are not aware of the Responsibility To Protect (R2P).

Accra, Sept. 26, GNA – A new research by the West Africa Network for Peace building (WANEP) shows that 57.10 per cent of Ghanaians are not aware of the Responsibility To Protect (R2P).

The research also shows that three out of 10 institutions with the responsibility to protect citizens were not aware of the R2P concept.

The R2P is an international security and human rights norm to address the international community’s failure to prevent and stop genocides, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.

The study dubbed Assessing National and Regional Capacities for Implementing R2P in Ghana and West Africa”, is part of efforts to create awareness on R2P.

Mr Chukwuemeka Eze, the Executive Director, WANEP speaking at a workshop to present findings of the research to stakeholders in Accra on Friday, said protecting human rights is at the centre of R2P, stating that, R2P had raised international standards in the protection of human rights.

He observed that the two-tier research purports that the best way to protect is to prevent and since Ghana had not directly experienced R2P crimes, it is impressive to assess how well preventive mechanisms are working.

He observed that WANEP plays a key role in the promotion of early warning system to prevent conflicts in the sub-region.

The project, which is supported by the government of Denmark, is focused on the operationalization of R2P in Ghana, specifically to examine the state of readiness of various actors in Ghana and other ECOWAS member states in the implementation of R2P.

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