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Over 3500 human rights defenders killed for their roles in 25 years

Atleast 3500 Human Defenders have been killed worldwide for their roles in the struggle for human rights in the past 25 years, Mr. Alhassan Idrisu, a legal practitioner has said.

Mr. Iddrisu, a Lawyer with the Center for Public Interest Law (CEPIL), said countless other human rights defenders has also suffered al forms of indignities and abuses.

He was speaking at a meeting by CEPIL, a non-governmental organization in Accra on Wednesday.

CEPIL is working on obtaining input for a manual on human rights and legal protection protocols for partners such as Civil Society Organization actors, activists and journalists in their line of duties.

The meeting engaged CSO's engaged in mining, disability and human rights issues.

The manual is expected to be launched in a month's time.

Mr. Iddrisu said often, human rights defenders risked being arrested and kept in dentention, adding others were also toutured.

The are usually tracked, threatened with deaths and harm, harassed with others facing defamation suits, among others.

Mr. Augustine Nober, Executive Director, Cepil, urged rights defenders to be cautious of their safety and get familiarised with the protocals when launched.

CEPIL is a non-governments organization with the primary aim of making the pursuit of justice accessible and affordable to poor and marginalised communities.

It also seeks to empower emerging environmental leaders to promote sustainable mining, forestry and climated change policies in Ghana.


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