By Joyce Boahemaa Fosu
A project dubbed ‘Promoting Human Rights Awareness in Business’ has been launched at GIMPA.
An initiative of the Legal Resources Centre, in collaboration with GIMPA and the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies at Leiden University in Netherlands, the project seeks to raise awareness of human rights in society as well as influence state institutions and businesses alike to act in a humane manner and be more accountable.
In her address Ms. Daphne Lariba Nabila, the executive director of Legal Resources Centre, attributed the recent rise in human rights violations in work-related settings, coupled with the lack of awareness among employers and employees on how human rights should be applied at the workplace as the basis for initiating the project.
She indicated that in an attempt to address the issue, GIMPA and the two other stakeholders have been charged to draw up a curriculum for human rights in business module for both undergraduates and graduate students.
“The course which would be taught at GIMPA on a pilot basis will cover various topics beginning from the history and characteristics of human rights to the international legal framework on human rights,” she stressed.
Ms. Lariba Nabila also noted that the course would investigate the most common human rights abuses in Ghana and analyse how human rights in business settings are currently protected by national legislation and case law.
This, she said, was because most workers are unaware that laws exists to safeguard fundamental human rights in the workplace.
“We hope to increase awareness among students of the rights and obligations that human rights and labour laws impose in a business context as well as encourage these future leaders to foster respect for human rights within their organisations,” she stated.
On his part, Justice Dennis Dominic Adjei a justice of the court of appeal, said the principles of rights have been accepted worldwide as the inalienable rights of all human race.
“Employees should have a voice in whatever goes on in their employment and should have unfettered right to form or join a trade union of their choice provided it would promote and protect their economic and social interest,” he said.
Justice Adjei, therefore lauded GIMPA and its partners for the initiative and was optimistic that the project would help in bringing about a change at the workplace as desired.
Prof. Philip Ebow Bondzi-Simpson the rector of GIMPA lauded Legal Resources Centre and the Netherlands for choosing GIMPA to pilot the project and pledged the Institute’s untiring effort to help sustain it.
He also used the opportunity to call for a mainstreaming in human rights not only in the business circle but in all aspects of life.