Some Muslims are alleging that they are being forced to attend Christian service in some mission schools against their rights.
He therefore wants the Supreme to restrain government and all its agencies and private institutions from forcing students of other faiths to attend or participate in partisan and sectional religious activities, such as Sunday Worship or Morning Devotion, against their will.
Religious activities at public events
Mr. Lamptey is also praying the court to declare as unconstitutional, the practice where government, through its ministries, agencies, departments, among others, sanction and endorse partisan religious activities or offering preferential treatment to some religions during state, events.
“… Such treatment is not accorded all other religions in Ghana, particularly Islam and African Traditional Religion, on an equal footing is discriminatory and unjustifiable under the letter and spirit of articles 17,21(1)(b)(c),35(1)(5)(6)(a),37(1) and/or 56 of the Constitution.”
Other relieves Mr. Lamptey seeks
- A declaration that all schools in Ghana, whether private, public or state-sponsored( except religious schools set up primarily to train students as ministers, etc, of particular religions) have a obligation to recognize, respect and give effect to the right of freedom of conscience, belief and religion guaranteed under 21(1)(b)(c) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana by not forcing students of other faiths to attend or participate in partisan and sectional religious activities, such as Sunday Worship or Morning Devotion, against their will and/or the tenets of their faiths.
- A declaration that upon a true and proper interpretation of articles 17 and 33(5) the concept of minority rights, particularly a minority’s right to non-discrimination and special measures to protect its identity, constitute part and parcel of the fundamental human rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Ghanaian Constitution.
- Any further or other orders as this Honourable Court may deem fit.