The Minister for the Interior, Hon. Ambrose Dery has stated that respect for human rights and the rule of law is a critical tenet for democratic consolidation, peace, security, and development in West Africa. As such, the need to make concrete and deliberate efforts to integrate these in strategic interventions at both national and regional levels.

Hon. Ambrose Dery reiterated that Ghana’s rule of law and human rights institutions and the ability to share experiences with other countries in the region is part of the country’s commitment to promoting democracy and the rule of law across West Africa.

He made these remarks on behalf of the President of Ghana, H.E. Nana Akufo – Addo at the West African Bar Association (WABA) conference held in Accra with support from the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS).

He urged the West African Bar Association (WABA) to invest in reinforcing regional networks which are crucial for experience sharing and exchange of best practices.

The Hon. Minister acknowledged that the challenges faced by West Africa are multifaceted and not confined within any particular country, thus are expected to adopt more concerted and comprehensive approaches in search of durable solutions.

He stated that Ghana has been able to establish functional, effective, and independent institutions which today are making notable contributions to democratic consolidation, peace, and security.

Hon. Ambrose Dery acknowledged the support of the United Nations in promoting peace, security, and development across the West African region.

He also tasked WABA to build a stronger platform for sustainable engagements and results.