Ghana government condemns ‘inhumane treatment’ of deportees by US

Ghana's deputy Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah

Ghana’s deputy Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah has expressed displeasure about the poor handling of deportees by the United States of America (USA) describing it as “dehumanising.”

Addressing the media on Tuesday 15 May 2018, the minister emphasised that the government of Ghana was not pleased with “the dehumanising treatment of Ghanaian deportees from the United States of America” and indicated that authorities were taking steps to address the issue.

It will be recalled that 86 Ghanaians were deported from the USA in March 2018. The deportees were arrested at different States for various immigration offences such as abuse of the terms of their visas and engaging in illegal employment.

Many of them were detained for periods ranging between six and twelve months before being deported to Ghana.

Some deportees have complained bitterly about being kept in chains while onboard the flight to Ghana. Others have raised concerns about not being fed for days.

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The government has assured Ghanaians that it will take steps to ensure that the human rights of deportees are not violated in future.

US Ambassador to Ghana

The US Ambassador to Ghana, Robert Jackson in April this year, revealed that over 7,000 Ghanaians face possible deportation.

“In fact about 7,000 of them are currently at different stages of the deportation process. And we are not apologetic about that,” Ambassador Jackson said.

U.S. President Donald Trump vowed to deport illegal immigrants and immigrants with criminal records when he was elected in 2016.

Report by Gideon Sarpong | WakeUp Africa