The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) has condemned the recent killing of police officers in Ghana.

Describing the murders as tragic, the CHRI said “…it is imperative that the rights of police officers, who might risk injury or death to fulfill their duties, must also be recognised, respected and protected by the state.”

“Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) sates that, “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person,” they wrote.

“We urge the Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the GPS to bring the perpetrators of these gruesome murders of the Police officers to justice without delay.”

“We also urge the Judiciary to expedite the trials of suspects who are implicated these violent attacks when they are brought before court.”

“Finally, we urge the general public to continue to work with the Police for the protection of life and property and to keep the peace,” a statement from CHRI said.

The police service has meanwhile, said it has taken delivery of some bulletproof vests and will begin distributing them to frontline officers soon.

Read CHRI’s full statement below