Press statement on the demise of His Excellency John Jerry Rawlings, former President of the Republic of Ghana

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It is with great sadness that the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Commission) learnt about the passing of His Excellency John Jerry Rawlings, former President of the Republic of Ghana, which happened on Thursday November 12, 2020.

As the first President of the 4th Republic of Ghana, His Excellency John Jerry Rawlings sustainably led the path to civilian rule and democracy in the great nation of Ghana.

The Commission salutes his contribution to the fight against corruption and his mediation efforts towards peace and stability on the Continent in line with strong pan-African values.

His legacy is an inspiration for the current and future generations of African leaders.

The Commission expresses its deep condolences to the bereaved family, the Government and the people of Ghana.

A great tree has fallen.

May his soul rest in perfect peace.

 

Honourable Commissioner Mudford Zachariah Mwandenga, Commissioner Rapporteur for the Republic of Ghana

Banjul, November 17, 2020