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Press Release: IHRDA has new Director of Programs

Banjul, 07 August 2019 – Edmund Amarkwei Foley has joined the Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA) as Director of Programs.

Edmund holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Ghana, and a Master of Laws in Human Rights and Democratization in Africa from the University of Pretoria (South Africa), and has been a lawyer for over 15 years.

Edmund had previously worked at IHRDA from 2007 to 2011 as a Legal Officer, and took the lead on the Nubian children’s case which was the first case to be decided on the merits by the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child.

Edmund has occupied several other professional positions in Ghana, such as Lecturer of jurisprudence, ECOWAS, criminal, human rights and administrative law, as well as public sector legal and regulatory framework. He has also been an associate in some leading Ghanaian law firms, contributing to their successes in landmark cases in constitutional, human rights, property and commercial law. In addition, from 2005 – 2007 he served as Project Coordinator for the Ghana Police Accountability Project of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, where he led advocacy for the appointment of the constitutionally-mandated Police Council in Ghana. He was equally a researcher at the Constitutional Court of South Africa and a Technical Advisor on Children at the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection in Ghana.

Edmund has also published several articles on human rights and legal issues.

The IHRDA family is pleased to have him back on board, as he comes with the required wealth of experience and passion to scale up IHRDA’s work on the African continent.