The struggle by the poor and marginalized to access justice in Ghana is often with or without little attention by the public except in few cases that are brought to the attention of the media. Most of these cases that have caught the attention of the legal system end in the courtroom. It is in this light that CEPIL deems it necessary to bring to light in the form of case notes some of the day to day struggle by poor communities to assert their fundamental human rights in two of its high profiled cases. These cases involve poor community members and multinational companies in which CEPIL represented the community members in the legal battle.
The case notes give details of the cases involving Nana Kofi Karikari and 44 others vs. Ghana Australian Goldfields and CEPIL vs. Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) highlighting the critical issues that arise in the course of litigating on behalf of the poor. The case notes are aimed at educating advocates in human right law and the ordinary citizenry on the remedies available under the Laws of Ghana for the realization of basic rights and freedoms.