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Police interact with heads of religious and faith-based organisation

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Police meeting with religious leaders

The Police Administration on Monday, 25 October 2021 met with heads of religious and faith-based organisations to deliberate on the topic: Religion and the law.

The meeting which was called at the behest of the Inspector-General of Police was aimed at highlighting the rights and limitations of the religious community within the confines of the law.

The moderator for the event was Prof Margaret Ivy Amoakohene, a member of the Council of State. Lawyer Ace Ankomah and Lawyer Samson Lardy Anyenini were resource persons.

IGP Dr. George Akuffo Dampare presided at the meeting which was attended by members of the Police Management Board, representatives of the Christian Council of Ghana, Office of the Chief Imam, Ghana Catholic Bishop Conference, Pentecostal and Charismatic Council, Council of Independent Churches and the National Association of Christian and Charismatic Churches.

Issues discussed included the provisions of the constitution relating to freedom of religion, the church/mosque as a corporate entity, criminal offences that may be committed by religious bodies or their appointees and possible human rights abuses.

Other issues discussed were spirituality and requirements of evidence as required by the court, religious doctrines that contravene provisions of the constitution and the general enforcement of the law.

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