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The Right To Information-Ghana's Journey (1992-2019)

Oct 02, 2019 Download File

Several international and regional instruments and declarations that Ghana is party to, provide for the enactment of freedom of information legislation. The Universal Declaration on Human Rights and Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights are examples. Article 9 of the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combatting Corruption, which Ghana signed on to in 2003, impresses on all State Parties to adopt legislation and other measures that gives effect to the right to access any information that is required to assist in the fight against corruption and related offences.

Ghana attained Independence from the British on 6th March, 1957, and went on to become a Republic on 1st July, 1960. The country however experienced a Coup D’état that overthrew the First Republican Government in 1966. The Second and Third Republican governments established subsequently, were also toppled by the military until a new Constitution was promulgated in 1992 which ushered in the Fourth and current Republican dispensation.