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Twifo Hemang Indigenous Lands – Ghana

Hemang, Ghana
Joined January 2021

Is an Indigenous Group working to secure our Ancestral land rights covering over 200,000 acres from 1480. Our activities are gathering of information and protecting the lands

Presence in: Ghana
Focus: Community / Customary Land Rights

This Organisation is purely into protection the community lands but our activities are limited to appealing to the authorities through redress which is very frustrating.

People Associated With This Organization

Cornelius Oteng

Twifo Hemang Indigenous Lands –...
Joined January 2021
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights
I am the head chief of the Twifo Indigenous community with our capital at Hemang in the Central Region of Ghana. With a total population of about 40,000 people, 48 towns and villages and 48 sub chiefs. We face the biggest machinery in the country (The Government), who has acquired our whole community lands through some means that will shock you since 1974. As a result the area has become the poorest and under developed. Every attempt to negotiate with the government has resulted into a big frustration. The Government in 1992 initiated a law (PNDC LAW 294) prohibiting every law court in Ghana to entertain this acquisition in Ghana. The community took the matter to the African Court in Tanzania in 2016. The Respondent State Ghana objected that the court in Arusha has no jurisdiction to rule on that matter since the violation occurred before their signing to the protocol. The community stated that the violation is still ongoing and the problems and humiliation is still massive and supported every allegation with a document. The depletion of the community forest through government concessions etc. hoping for a redress by the court. After four good years of transmission of evidence etc, only to receive a ruling on the 27th of November 2020 that the African court in Arusha upholds Ghana´s objection that it has no jurisdiction. The poor Indigenous Twifo Community feels very vulnerable by this decision of the African Court by this ruling. Ghana did not deny violating any of the allegations but said the violation predates their signing to the protocol.
Cornelius Oteng is the network champion (main point of contact) for Twifo Hemang Indigenous Lands – Ghana.

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