The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) exist to enhance the scale of good governance, democracy, integrity, peace and social development by promoting, protecting and enforcing fundamental Human Rights and freedoms and Administrative Justice for all persons in Ghana.
In accordance with section 220 of the Constitutional instrument, the Nzema East division of the commission was opened on the 12th day of May, 1994 with six (6) staff members under the leadership of Mr. William Osafo-Offinam (District Director); Currently the office has a staff strength of four (4). The Commission was initially housed in the first District Administration Office but is currently occupying three offices in the first floor of the ‘Old Block’ at the District Assembly, Axim.
These Objectives Will Be Achieved By:
- Ensuring a culture of respect for the rights and obligations of all people in Ghana.
- Dispensing and promoting justice in a free, informal and relatively expeditious manner.
- Ensuring fairness, efficiency, transparency and application of best practices.
- Using a well-trained and motivated workforce and the most modern technology.
In carrying out all these activities, the commission will maintain its impartiality, independence and the plurality of its workforce, and collaborate with other governance institutions and civil society.Achievement
The District Division of the commission (Axim) has been very consistent in providing human rights education for forty-two (42) Rural Communities in the past two years. The Commission has been instrumental in the campaign against child neglect which is very common in the district.
The office has settled amicably eight hundred and ninety-two (892) out of a total of thousand three hundred and twenty-three (1,323,000) cases reported to the office since its inception and it is generally the first place of call for advice on instances of unfair treatment in one situation or the other. The office generally has the good will of the community basically because of the professionalism exhibited by staff in matters brought before it. Problems
The activities of the office has always been constrained by inadequate logistics particularly means of transport to reach the remotest parts of the district in our quest to educate and make the service of the commission accessible to all.
In this age of information technology, the CHRAJ office in Axim does not even have a single computer, all registry procedures are done manually.Way Forward
The problems not withstanding, the office is striving to reach everyone in the district who one way or the other needs the services of the commission. This is being done in collaboration with civil society groups and sister organizations.