The Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) has demanded a probe and subsequent disciplinary action by the University of Ghana (UG), against some persons who abused the rights of an alleged member of the LGBTQ+ community.
The demand comes in the wake of a viral abuse of a young man in the school. The video portrayed the victim naked and paraded across the university’s campus.
This, according to the civil society organisation, is barbaric and a violation of the guidelines in the University’s handbook as well as the 1992 Constitution of Ghana.
“This incident while violating the fundamental human rights of the student under Chapter 5 of the 1992 Constitution, also directly violates the university’s Non-Academic Offences under Section C (v.), which explicitly states: ‘Without prejudice to the application of the national laws by the University, no junior member of the University shall engage in a course of vexatious conduct that is directed at one or more specific individuals, and that is based on the race, ancestry, place of birth, origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, sex, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, creed, age, marital status, the family status of the individual or those individuals that are known to be unwelcomed: and that exceeds the bounds of freedom of expression or academic freedom as those are understood in University policies and accepted practices, including but not restricted to those explicitly adopted.”
It thus wants an action taken against the perpetrators.
“It is in this regard that CDD-Ghana is demanding that the university authorities initiate an immediate investigation into this barbaric incident.”
“The Center demands that the university authorities take immediate action to bring to book the perpetrators who physically abused, stripped naked, and paraded this individual around the campus while violating his right to dignity as not just a student but as a human being.”
It has also urged the university to assist the victim with medical and psychological support.