During HRC general discussions, panel debates and interactive dialogues with the Special Procedures, during the past three years, either as an HRC member or not, the State has joined:
Overall, as a HRC member, has participated in more than 10% of panel discussions, general debates and interactive dialogues.
Longest visit request not (yet) accepted by the State >
SR on education, 2007
Received Sub-Committee visit
Ghana tabled ‘voluntary pledges and commitments’ in support for its candidacy for membership for the period 2015-2017 on 8 August 2014.
At international level, Ghana pledged to: participate actively in the work of the Council; strengthen policies for the advancement of women; protect the rights of children; maintain a standing invitation to all Special Procedures mandate-holders; cooperate fully with UN human rights Treaty Bodies and submit periodic reports in a prompt manner; and ensure that it becomes party to all core human rights instruments and implements its treaty obligations.
An analysis of steps taken by Ghana in fulfilment of its international pledges shows Ghana’s Council participation to have been quite limited. It does, however, cooperate with Special Procedures. It maintains a Standing Invitation and accepted 5 out of 9 visit requests. It also responded to the one communication it received. Regarding cooperation with Treaty Bodies, Ghana has several reports overdue, with the ICESCR overdue by around 12 years. Ghana was, however, strongly engaged with the UPR, participating in the reviews of and making recommendations to 65 states.