GHANA: No Fundamental Rights

After he became Prime Minister of the new African state of Ghana, ambitious Kwame Nkrumah quickly discovered that the simplest way to deal with political opponents is to get rid of them. When two Moslem party leaders in Ashanti balked at Nkrumah's authority. Nkrumah rushed a bill through Parliament authorizing their deportation (TIME, Oct. 14). After hearing their appeals, Justice H. C. Smith, a Briton, ruled last week that Nkrumah was within his rights. "Since the Ghana constitution contains no safeguarding of fundamental rights." Smith wrote, "the court must uphold the law." The constitution allows Parliament to pass any...

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