Islam and human rights: a case study of Hohoe Muslim Community

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Many individuals in the Hohoe Muslim community continue to struggle with human rights and domestic violence-issues. People’s rights are still abused and violated among Muslims even though, Allah has ordained and proclaimed justice for all in the Qur’ān, and explained by Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W). There are commissions, documents, policies and programmes put in place to promote and to protect rights of human kind but, the unacceptable phenomenon still exist. This study looked at the state of human rights in Islam in the Muslim community of Hohoe and their level of awareness. Recorded cases of human rights abuses and domestic violence at the various Commissions and Units, notably, Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU), Department of Social Welfare (DSW) and the Law Court in the promotion and protection of human rights in Hohoe Municipality. The study relied on interviews and questionnaire which targeted leadership of the responsible organizations on human rights, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and the general public. Other sources were documents search and observations through field visits. The outcome of the study indicated that, human rights and domestic violence is recognized by all stakeholders but, victims’ failure to report to the agencies both formal and informal resulted in the increasing rate of the abuses. In addition, although the institutions have the constitutional mandate to promote and protect human rights, they are not well resourced and also confronted with socio-cultural challenges. Some officials are also not effective in their duties. Due to these, their activities on human rights are less felt in the Hohoe Muslim community. Many Muslims seem not to know about the institutions, let alone their activities. The study made numerous recommendations which will serve as mechanisms of checks and balances and will improve the effectiveness of the activists and the officials in the promotion and protection of human rights.  
Thesis submitted to the School of Graduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of the degree of Master of Philosophy