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Jonathan Osei Owusu

Ghana  
POS Foundation
Joined July 2020
Interests: Criminal Justice, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Livelihoods, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Women's Rights
I am the Founder and Executive Director of the POS Foundation, a Human Rights Civil Society Organization (CSO) which focuses its activities in the areas of Human Rights Advocacy and Development, Law/Policy Reforms, Youth Development and Social Accountability, Gender Equity, Women Economic Empowerment and Access to Justice. With a track record of successful projects/programmes, the foundation has strategically positioned itself as one of the leading CSOs in Ghana in the area of Access to Justice, Advocacy for the Right To Information, Convener for Civil Society Platform on the UN Universal Periodic Review in Ghana, Drug Policy reforms etc.
I am also the Vice Chairman of the Ghana Human Rights NGOs Forum and a member of the Steering Committee - Coalition on the Right To Information- RTI Ghana, an author and publisher with two books as well as other brochures and articles to my credit.

I am trained in Development Leadership and human rights advocacy from the Coady International Institute of St. Francis Xavier University, Canada and has championed the redress of several human rights abuse cases through the Law Courts and the media. I facilitates/coordinates the State initiated ‘Justice For All Programme’ for remand prisoners aimed at decongesting the prisons.

As a Human Rights advocate, I have made oral submissions to the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva and coordinated the submission of 10 thematic reports from over 70 Civil Society Organizations (CSO) in Ghana, towards the UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR). I am tagged by many as very passionate, and though young, am masterful with respect to his 12 years working experience on the Civil Society front.

Consequently, I have functioned as a resource person both in Ghana and various African countries of which include the 5th West Africa Executive Course on Human Rights and Drug Policy organized at the University of Ghana School of Law, the U.S Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) funded programme for Ghana Prisons Service Paralegals and Attorneys Training, Drug Policy sensitization workshop for Kenya National Authority for the campaign against alcohol and drug abuse (NACADA) in Nakuru, the Africa Innovative Summit Panelist on Access to Justice, Prisoners Rights, Kigali, Rwanda and the Incarceration Nations Network in New York.

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