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CEPIL with funding support from Oxfam and OSIWA provided court room representation to extractive communities and won a number of cases. Examples include Nana Kofi Karikari and 44 other vrs. Anglogold Ashanti (Suit No. Ls34/97); CEPIL and Anor vrs. Environmental Protection Agency (Suit No. AP6/05a (EN) 1/2005); and Emelia Amoateng vrs. Ghana Australian Goldfields Ltd (Suit No. E 12/7/05). CEPIL also successfully negotiated settled cases for some communities. Examples include Clement Baffour vrs. Anglogold Ashanti Ltd Obuasi Mine (Suit No. BC/260/11); Nana Molobah Nyamikeh vrs. Goldfields Ghana Ltd (Suit No. C821/02) etc.

Workshop on “Empowering Women and Disadvantaged Groups in Mining Communities to Stand for their Rights”
In 2017, CEPIL with funding support from Oxfam conducted women leadership empowerment training for women leadership drawn from the mining and other extractive communities. Women were trained on their socio-economic rights to demand protection form extractive sector companies.

Workshop on “Ensuring and Enhancing Compliance with Oil and Gas Laws and Policies”

CEPIL with funding support from STAR Ghana successfully reviewed the 2013 and 2014 budgets to ensure compliance with oil and gas law. CEPIL in its two review reports identified acts of non-compliance with provisions of the Petroleum Revenue Management Act which was brought to the notice of the government. As a result, Government took the following measures to address the identified acts of non-compliance:

  • An independent certifier was appointed in 2013 to verify benchmark revenue for the 2014 Budget Statement. Government now appoints an independent certifier to verify the benchmark revenue for each year. In 2014, the Ministry of Finance advertised for appointment of consultant to serve as an independent certifier to verify the benchmark revenue for the 2015 budget statement.
  • Ghana Revenue Authority indicated they are making efforts to recover capital gains tax from two oil companies namely Kosmos and Sabre Oil which was one of the issues raised in CEPIL’s review report. Similarly eight new oil contracts that were recently signed and ratified by Parliament included provision on capital gain tax.  Also, the Government of Ghana has now included a provision on capital gain tax in Petroleum (Exploration & Production) Bill now before parliament. Download full document...

A roundtable conference was organized on the “Bail Provisions on the Criminal Procedure Code” for Civil Society Organizations, the Police, Prisons and Attorney Generals Department. Certain amendments of the Criminal procedure Code 1960(Act 30) prohibit the granting of bail for certain offences no matter the circumstance of the case. The right to Bail is entrenched in the 1992 Constitution of Ghana and indeed to the fulfillment of the enjoyment of the fundamental human right of Citizens.

These amendments appear to have fettered the discretion of Judges to grant bail in respect of certain offences. The object of the conference was to sort the views of  participants and selected speakers on the Constitutionality of the amendments. Topics discussed at the conference include; “Bail, Liberty, and Constitutionality: A Separation of Powers Perspective of the No-Bail Amendment of the Criminal Procedure Code”, “Bail, the Presumption of Innocence and Liberty: A Revisit of Gorman versus the Republic of Ghana” and “Bail, Criminal Justice and Liberty: A Prosecutor’s Perspective of the No-Bail Provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code”.

Participants at the end of the conference generally agreed that the amendments by Parliament amounted to parliamentary legislation denying Judges the right to grant suspects bail which is tantamount to stealing the discretional powers of Judges and the Judiciary as a whole and thus infringing upon the rights of citizens to the enjoyment of their personal liberty.

Participants therefore recommended an amendment to the Criminal Procedure Code to conform with the 1992 Constitution and a possible law suit by CEPIL to test the constitutionality of the amendments to the criminal procedure code. CEPIL is researching and preparing a law suit to be instituted at the Supreme Court of Ghana to challenge the constitutionality of amendments.

Round Table Conference on NO Bail Provision of the Criminal Procedure Code
$130.00
$90.00

CEPIL organized a round table conference on the Intestate Succession Bill. Participants were drawn from Civil Society Organizations working in the area of gender and human rights promotion and protection in Ghana as well as some members from the Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs of Parliament. Despite the immense role of the PNDC Law 111 in safeguarding the predicaments of spouses and children of deceased persons who die intestate, the Law has been found to be inadequate and have been overtaken by changes in the Ghanaian family system.

CEPIL prepared memorandum and forwarded the recommendations of the conference to Parliament.

Round Table Conference on Intestate Succession Bill
$170.00
$150.00

CEPIL organized a round table conference on Property Rights of Spouses Bill which is currently before Parliament. CEPIL lauds the concerns of the drafters of the Bill that there is inadequate legislation on property rights of spouses in Ghana and therefore the argent need for one. The existing legal framework that addresses the issue of property rights of spouses during marriage and on dissolution are the Matrimonial Causes Act 1971 (Act 367), Customary Law and Case Law. These legal frameworks are inadequate based on the following reasons: Lack of recognition of contribution of non-working spouse, Judges are giving the discretion to determine the interest of claiming spouses and reliance on proof of substantial contribution.
 

Even though the basis of the Bill is well founded, participants of the conference were of the view that the definition of concepts such as cohabitation, joint property, substantial contribution as there are defined in the Bill, are inadequate and are contentious. CEPIL in a memorandum forwarded the recommendations of the conference to Parliament.

Round Table Conference on Property Rights of Spouses Bill
$10.00

CEPIL organized a television discussion on the Chieftaincy Bill to solicit the views of knowledgeable personalities on Chieftaincy issues on Metropolitan Television Station (Metro TV) in Accra.

The forum created an opportunity for Parliament and the Ministry responsible for Chieftaincy to interact with chiefs who are the direct beneficiaries of the Bill and have a better understanding of their concerns and for the chiefs to understand the content of the Bill. The forum was also to create public awareness on the Bill.  At the end of the discussion, CEPIL highlighted and compiled the recommendations from the forum and a memorandum was written to Parliament.

Television Discussion of the Chieftaincy Bill
$300.00
$200.00
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