No executions were carried out and no death sentences were handed down. The government was reported to have said that the death penalty has no deterrent effect, but no concrete steps were taken towards abolition during 2007.
In March, 36 death row inmates had their sentences commuted as part of the 50th anniversary of Ghana’s independence. In June, President John Kufuor commuted seven death sentences to life imprisonment to commemorate the 47th anniversary of Ghana’s republican status. According to the Ghanaian Prisons Service, there were 106 prisoners on death row, including three women and 16 prisoners over the age of 60.
Violence against women
Women continued to be victims of domestic violence and female genital mutilation. The Domestic Violence and Victims Support Units established in the police service remained under-resourced.
The Domestic Violence Act became law, allowing prosecution of marital rape. A plan of action for its implementation was drafted.
Forced evictions and internal displacement, particularly of marginalized people, remained a threat and continued to occur.
National Reconciliation Commission
The government continued to pay some financial reparations for human rights abuses under former governments, in accordance with the recommendations of the National Reconciliation Commission.
Amnesty International visit
- Amnesty International delegates visited Ghana in December.