Child Rights International has shot down reports that they asked Rosemond Brown aka Akuapem Poloo, to pay GHS 200,000 to them.
In a statement sighted by Newshuntermag.com, Child Rights International clarified that they did not ask Akuapem Poloo to pay GHS 200,000 as reported.
They further threatened to sue anybody who will peddle falsehood about them or the Executive Director, Bright Appiah.
This comes after Akuapem Poloo and her son’s issue which landed her in jail but she was later granted bail pending an appeal.
Read The Full Statement below:
CHILD RIGHTS INTERNATIONAL RESPONDS TO ERRONEOUS REPORTS FOLLOWING AKUAPEM POLOO’S COURT CASE INVOLVING HER SON.
The recent report made to the police on the abuse of a child’s right to privacy and dignity, has resulted in a lot of falsehoods being peddled against Child Rights International (CRI) and its Executive Director.
Prominent amongst them was the claim that the Executive Director requested for a sum of money from Akuapem Poloo, in order to withdraw the complaint made against her at the C.I.D headquarters.
CRI wants to state categorically that;
1. At no point during the discussions did we agree that Ms. Rosemond Brown should pay GHC 200,000 to our outfit. Since the establishment of the organization in 1997, CRI has never taken money or materials from individuals. The Child Protection Policy of the organization does not allow for such demands to be made.
2. There was no discussion between the two parties during which the Executive Director, Mr. Bright Appiah, requested to be a signatory to the investment account that was to be opened for the son of Ms. Rosemond as was agreed upon by herself and lawyer in the presence of her management as well as friends, when they visited the office on four different occasions. Mr. Appiah never made any statement to that effect.
3. There was never a request by CRI or its Executive Director to Ms. Brown requesting GHC 200,000 to be paid to the organization as a buyout of its pursuit of the case as is being mischievously suggested by some media reports.
Moving forward, Child Rights International will have no alternative than to sue anybody, who spews falsehoods about the organization and its Executive Director.
The organization only intervened to use alternative resolution methods to deal with the matter as recommended by the Domestic Violence Act 2007 (Act 732).
Child Rights International is a principled organization with a child protection policy that guides its activities and will always operate within the context of the law. We are bias towards issues relating to children and their wellbeing and we will continue to protect children no matter what.
We make a promise as an organization that no matter the circumstance or consequence, we will always be bound by the welfare of children and nothing will deter us from pursuing that goal.
Child Rights International (CRI) is a non-governmental organization that is committed to the promotion and protection of the inherent dignity of every child.
The organization has over the years, devoted its attention and resources to championing the rights of children in the country. CRI has with the support of its stakeholders, particularly the media, helped address many of the issues that affect the wellbeing of children.
Over the years, we have taken actions against many organizations and individuals who through their conduct intentionally or unintentionally abused children’s rights. Since the organization’s establishment in 1997, it has been fighting for the realization of these rights and responsibilities across the length and breadth of the country.
Currently, CRI operates in over 1,200 rural communities providing scholarships for over 500 children. Our mobile library projects in rural communities is benefiting more than 30,000 children. 43,000 children have been withdraw from child labour and streetism. We have also provided psychosocial support for children and their families. We have in the past worked on issues of juvenile justice, streetism, safety seats in cars for children, the payment of SNNIT for domestic workers, safe school environment for the wellbeing of children and a host of others.
Afia Nyamekye Kumah-Abrefa
Child Rights International