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10th October 2018, 10:25:26 UTC

In Ghana, 160 people were on death row at the end of 2017. Conditions of detention for people on death row are poor and do not meet international law and standards.

Amnesty International interviewed 107 prisoners on death row in Nsawam Prison and found that there were limited medical staff to respond to the needs of death row prisoners. As a result, death row prisoners often did not have access to medication to treat illnesses or long-term conditions. This caused deterioration of health and fear of death.

Also, death row prisoners were not allowed to mix with other prisoners nor were they allowed to participate in recreational or educational opportunities. These restrictions increase death row prisoners’ sense of isolation and causes them great distress and anxiety. This is a failure to meet international standards as set out in the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners.

Amnesty International’s research into life on death row in Ghana also found that many had been convicted after trials where they did not receive proper legal representation. Many said that they did not have a chance to talk to their lawyer and prepare their defence during trial.


There is an opportunity that Ghana will abolish the death penalty!

The Constitution Review Commission and former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, have urged Ghana to abolish the death penalty.

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