Amnesty International Ghana
Amnesty International Ghana

Amnesty International condemns alleged marriage of Gborbu Wulomo to 12-year-old girl

Amnesty International Ghana has strongly condemned the alleged marriage between the Gborbu Wulomo of Nungua and a 12-year-old girl.

The traditional ceremony involving Nuumo Borketey Larweh XXXIII, the 63-year-old Gborbu Wulomo, and the 12-year-old girl reportedly took place on Saturday, March 30, 2024, in Nungua, Accra.

In a statement released on Tuesday, April 2, 2024, Amnesty International Ghana expressed its condemnation of "all forms of child marriage, a practice expressly prohibited under Chapter 5 of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana."

The organization commended the actions taken by the Ghana Police Service, the Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Protection, and the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs to protect the girl and her mother.

Amnesty International also urged the Inspector General of the Ghana Police Service to conduct a thorough investigation to hold accountable all individuals who endorsed or participated in this act, which violates the fundamental rights of the girl.

Furthermore, the organization appealed to all governmental and civil society organizations dedicated to safeguarding children's rights to advocate for the eradication of child marriage in Ghana.

“Ghanaian law acknowledges customary marriages but firmly rejects the practice of child marriages under the guise of culture or tradition. Instead, we must uphold the principles enshrined in the laws of Ghana and ensure the protection of all children’s rights, both domestically and internationally.” parts of the statement read.

Below is a copy of the statement:

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