A Ghanaian Student Activist from the Ghana Institute of Journalism, GIJ, West Africa – Kabu Nartey, has graduated from the Fordham-Ghana International Summer Law Program, with a certificate in International Human Rights Law, at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, GIMPA.
The intensive course discussed among other concepts and cases, International Law, Human Rights Law, Charter-based and Treaty-based Mechanisms of addressing Human Rights violations across the Sub-Region and global jurisdictions; Unilateral force employed in Kosovo; Global Intervention in Syria among others.
He was among 20 other students from US and Ghana.
In an interviewe with the award-winning writer and public speaker, Kabu Nartey, was grateful to the Kufuor Scholars Program, his Manager and his school, GIJ.
He noted that, issues of human rights have been given little regard in Africa especially due to some cultural and ideological practices among Africans. “There’s a generational tension between Human Rights and our traditions and norms”.
He said that the challenge for Africans in this modern century, is how to accept and efficiently practise these rights along side preserve their cultures.
He cited “trokosi practice” ; witch-camping ; and the prosecution of suicide survivors as cases that suggests the tension between Human Rights and Tradition.
Kabu Nartey maintained that the universal and fundamental nature of Human Rights as enshrined in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,ICCPR ; the International Covenant on Economic and Social Rights,ICESR, among others, emphasize the need for all men to respect the existence of fellow man and not to necessarily accept or approve them.
Society must therefore re-socialize its subjects even as [she] continues to preserve traditions, he stated.
The Student Activist said his experience from the course, has enhanced his knowledge in advocacy; the protection, promotion and interpretation of the rights of citizens of not only Africa but the world and some controversies surrounding some of Africa’s cultures.
The Fordham-Ghana International Summer Law Program is an annual program organized by Fordham School of Law, in US and GIMPA, in Ghana for both undergraduate law students ; post graduate law students and budding lawyers from Ghana and the US.