Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice

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The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) is an independent organisation for the safeguarding of human rights in Ghana.

It was established in 1993 by an Act 456 of the Parliament of Ghana as directed by Article 216 of the 1992 Ghana constitution.[1]


The CHRAJ is made up of a Commissioner for Human Rights and Administrative Justice and two Deputy Commissioners. The Commissioner and the two deputies are appointed by the President of Ghana under Article 70 of the Ghanaian constitution. The Commissioner must be qualified to be an Justice of the Appeal Court and the deputies must be eligible to be justices of the High Court.[1] The first Commissioner was Emile Short who retired in 2010. The current Commissioner is Lauretta Lamptey.[2] In July 2012, Joseph Akanjoluer Whittal was sworn in by President John Atta Mills as a new Deputy Commissioner for the Commission.[3]

CHRAJ serves as an ombudsman receiving and dealing with complaints about the proper functioining of public institutions and to provide redress. It appears it can do same for private entities due to the way Article 218 (c) is written.

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  1. ^ a b "Commission of Human Rights Act, 1993 (Act 456) [Ghana]". UNHCR. 6 July 1993. Retrieved 31 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "Lauretta Lamptey appointed new CHRAJ Boss". General news (Ghana Home Page). 26 July 2011. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Prez Mills swears-in Deputy Commissioner of CHRAJ". General news. Ghana Home Page. 20 July 2012. Retrieved 6 August 2012.