Ghana

Region
Africa
Regional Court
African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights
Regional Organisations
African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights
Commonwealth
African Union
ECOWAS
Legal System
Mixed
International Obligations
Slavery
Servitude
Institutions and Practices Similar to Slavery
Forced Labour
Human Trafficking

International Instruments

1926 Slavery Convention
03 March 1963
1953 Protocol to the Slavery Convention
Not Party
1956 Supplementary Slavery Convention
03 May 1963
1966 ICCPR
07 September 2000
1930 Forced Labour Convention
20 May 1957
2014 Protocol to the 1930 Forced Labour Convention
Not Party
1957 Abolition of Forced Labour Convention
15 December 1958
1999 Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention
13 June 2000
2000 Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons
21 August 2012
1998 Rome Statute of the ICC
20 December 1999

Summary of Domestic Prohibition

Slavery and Slave Trade
Practices Similar to Slavery
Servitude
Forced or Compulsory Labour
Human Trafficking
Provisions related to slavery are found in the Constitution at article 16(1) which declares that no person shall be held in slavery and the Criminal Code which criminalises slave dealing under section 314.
There appears to be no legislation in place in Ghana which prohibits institutions and practices similar to slavery, although section 109 of the Criminal Code prohibits compulsion to marriage.
Provisions related to servitude are found in the Constitution at article 16(1) which declares that no person shall be held in servitude and the Criminal Code which prohibits customary servitude under section 314A.
Provisions related to forced labour are found in the Constitution at article 16(2) which declares that no person shall be required to perform forced labour and the Criminal Code which criminalises compelling the service of any person using any species of coercion or restraint under section 314.
Provisions related to trafficking in persons are found in the 2005 Human Trafficking Act which prohibits trafficking (section 2), providing a trafficked person (section 3), and use of a trafficked person (section 4).

Legislative Provisions

AWAD REPORT

THE CONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC OF GHANA 1992 (AMENDMENTS THROUGH 1996)

THE CRIMINAL CODE, 1960

CRIMINAL PROCEDURE CODE

THE CHILDREN’S ACT, 1998 (ACT 560)

HUMAN TRAFFICKING ACT, 2005 ACT 694

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