Human Rights Violations in Ghana

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 Lesson title

Human Rights Violations in Ghana

Video title, link and release date

Human Rights Violations in Ghana; October 21, 2012

Video length

Two minutes and fifty-two seconds.

Grade level

High school

Video Summary

Patients with mental illnesses in Ghana have been subject to human rights violations in the facilities they reside in.

Patients have been subjected to forced fasting, living in unsanitary conditions and many other violations.

Ghana does not have the capacity to serve all of its citizens with mental illnesses.

The country’s infrastructure cannot handle the amount of people with mental disabilities, and as a result many are sent to “prayer camps.”

Some legislative action has been taken to rectify the situation.

Concern remains over whether well intended laws will be implemented when passed.

 Review Questions

1. What other types of violations have taken place in Ghana, and where?


2. What happened in March of 2012?


3. What is a tribunal?


Free Writing Journal Prompt(s)

What about this report do you have questions about?

What do you want to know more about?

 Follow-up Assignment(s)

Note the date of the video and, if a significant amount of time has passed, a good follow-up activity might be to do a Google search to see if there are any new developments

Do a Google search to find related information


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