Stop Brutalising Ghanaian Youth

Stop Brutalising Ghanaian Youth

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Samuel Amoah started this petition to H.E. President Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo, Parliament of the Republic of Ghana, Council of State

On 22nd October, 2018, students of KNUST embarked on a demonstration to express their dissatisfaction with the state of affairs in KNUST. This demonstration which began as a peaceful protest ended with destruction of properties which has now been valued at 1.6 million Ghana Cedis.
The immediate cause of this demonstration is as a result of student brutalities, intimidation and victimization of students on campus with the remote cause evidently being the mixing of the single sex halls. Additionally, students who voice out in opposition to unfavourable and unpopular policies by university authorities have over the years been maligned, subjected to various forms of victimization with some of the students having their certificates withheld.
These acts which has not been any different this semester blew out of proportion on 19th October, 2018 when a section of continuing students partaking in a vigil of a lost affiliate of the University Hall (Katanga) were attacked, teased, manhandled and subsequently arrested by campus security. This has left most of the students nursing various degrees of injuries with a reported memory lost by one of the victims who was badly attacked by the campus security.
Since the demonstration, various stakeholders have condemned the acts of vandalism by the students with others calling for the arrest and prosecution of those who are found as culprits. However, very few people or institutions have condemned this acts of brutalities from which this acts of vandalism emanated. As usual, instead of all relevant stakeholders coming together to address the remote cause of this impasse, the issue has now been turned into a political issue with accusing fingers being pointed at various actors.
Sadly, this ill treatment of the students is not only limited to KNUST, but all tertiary campuses across the country in various forms. We therefore in no uncertain terms condemn these acts of brutalities, intimidation and harassment on our various campuses especially with the recent brutalities on KNUST campus. We the youth of Ghana therefore call for an end to these brutalities being mated out on students on the various campuses. We are of the firm conviction that the right of students and the youth in general should be respected. Also, in the implementation of future policies which affects student, there is need for broader consultation with students of all levels.
We the youth of this country cannot become the panacea of economic growth and development if decisions that affect our growth and development are going to be forced down our throat without any form of consultation. If this is allowed to continue, Ghana will suffer from leadership crises which will be as a result of production of timid and terrified leaders.
In view of this we call for;
1. An independent committee devoid of any partisan political considerations to look into the impasse between the authorities of KNUST and the entire student body. We are of the view that a thorough investigation focusing on the root cause as well as all other grievances should be investigated.
2. The prosecution of all individuals in positions of authority who will be found guilty of superintending over human right abuse as well as actors of these barbaric act of brutalities. This will serve as a deterrent for authorities in other institutions who are found culpable of these shameless crimes.
We believe in your high office and at the same time the accolade you have chalked in the past years for being a lawyer who fight for the right of every person.
We will be grateful if this petition is given the needed attention in the shortest possible time.
God Bless You
God bless the youth of Ghana.
God bless our mother land.
CC. Parliament of Ghana
Council of State

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