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Lawyer Sosu wins top human rights award in USA


Madina MP and renowned Human Rights Lawyer, Hon. Francis-Xavier Sosu (Esq), has received the 2021 Timothy Bowles Africa Human Rights Leadership Award at Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, Virgina, USA.

Hon. Francis-Xavier Sosu (Esq) is a Legislator, Human Rights lawyer and Activist, Christian Leader, and currently the 2nd Vice President of the United Nations Association of Ghana. He has established and been part of several humanitarian projects such as the Love Justice International, Pearl House, Youth for Human Rights Africa which are all dedicated to service to, defense and promotion of the fundamental rights of vulnerable women, the aged, girls and boys and promote their fundamental rights.

Hon. Francis-Xavier Sosu has over ten (10) years’ experience as a Human Rights Lawyer and activist and has earned his place as the foremost Human Rights Lawyer currently in Ghana and one of the most influential lawyers in the last decade. He is a member of the Ghana Bar Association, Africa Bar Association, International Association of People’s Lawyers, Lawyers without Borders, Canada, Criminal Justice Reforms Association and Lawyers in search of Democracy.

Since being sworn into office some ten (10) months ago, Hon. Francis-Xavier Sosu has initiated four (4) new Bills with the objective to abolish the death penalty; provide compensation for wrongful arrest, detention, prosecution and incarceration; redefine the functions of the General Legal Council and achieve reforms to the legal education regime; and prohibit practice of persons claiming to be witch doctors or witch finders, thus, proscribing the declaration, accusation, naming or labelling of another person as a witch in Ghana.

To address the challenge of youth unemployment in Ghana, Hon. Francis-Xavier Sosu, has since his election introduced the Madina Job Center, leading to the creation of over 2,500 formal and informal sector jobs in Madina. This is in line with his commitment to achieve SDG 8, which reads Decent Work and Economic Growth.

To ensure quality education in Madina Constituency, Hon. Francis-Xavier Sosu has introduced the Service above Self Best Teacher Awards Scheme, provided fees support to over fifteen (15) students at all levels, resolved the over five (5) years impasse between School Authorities and Parents-Teacher Association (PTA) at Presbytarian Boys’ Senior High School- Legon, established a mobile library at Kweiman with modern books from the UK, and introduced a Best Law Student-Human Rights Award Category at the UPSA Faculty of Law.

To achieve quality healthcare, Hon. Francis-Xavier Sosu has introduced the Sosu Health Fund to provide financial assistance to Constituents to help treat various medical conditions, organized a number of medical outreaches and screening exercises, and made several donations to health facilities in Madina Constituency.

The above and more form part of Hon. Francis-Xavier Sosu’s vision and commitment to achieve a New Madina.

Hon. Sosu stands out as the most impactful Member of Parliament for 2021 considering the fact that he is a first term Member of Parliament. His people-centered leadership skills and desire to create a better future for the people of Madina makes him a transformational leader who gives hope to many young people in Ghana. Given the fact that many have lost hope in politics and politicians due to corruption and greed, Hon. Sosu represents fresh breath in Ghanaian politics and represents the hopes and aspirations of many Ghanaians.

Considering the fact that he grew up as a street child, got adopted into the Village of Hope Orphanage, became the foremost human rights lawyer, won the 40 under 40 Awards category in law, and the 4th most influential Ghanaian in the past; we can only wish Lawyer Sosu the best in his impactful Leadership.

It is based on the above that the Jacobs-Abbey Global Institute for Leadership Studies, awarded Hon. Francis-Xavier Kojo Sosu the Timothy Bowels African Human Rights Award 2021 in recognition of his outstanding leadership qualities, exceptional contributions to humanitarian work, and community development, and for his persistent efforts in creating sound leaders to promote Human Rights across Africa and the world.

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