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Friday, 16 June 2017

70 Ghanaian Deportees Receive Inhumane Treatment on Journey From USA for Overstaying Their Visa


Over 70 Ghanaian immigrants were deported from the United States on Wednesday for overstaying their permits.
The all-male deportees arrived a chartered Delta Airline Flight at Accra’s Kotoka International Airport in handcuffs before they were handed over to local authorities.

The actual number of immigrants was not clear, and most of them had no belongings with them.

They were screened by the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), the Ghana Immigration Service and the Ghana Police Service.  reported to have been given 100 Ghana Cedis ($23) each after clearance as some of them had no means to contact their families.
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According to Africa News, many of these deportees were handcuffed while they were still on the plane. The deportees had no belongings or money on them and they described their treatment as inhuman

“It must be noted that this is the second time we are hearing this, and some if you recall when the U.S. ambassador met the media in Sunyani, he indicated that they are going to deport some 7,000 Ghanaians,” the legislator noted.

According to Africa News, the deportees refused to disembark from the plane to protest the inhumane treatment including shackling before and during the journey.

One of the deportees said “We have been handcuffed from Monday to today (Wednesday), a lot of people here (Kotoka Airport) today saw it. If you think I am lying, you can ask the people around. If you want to urinate you struggle in the handcuff before passing urine,” according to the Daily Guide.

Ablakwa, also Ghana's former deputy minister of education said, "Clearly this is troubling, and this is worrying, deportees have rights," adding, "Even criminals have rights, even in war if the opponent surrenders and you arrest him in war, there are laws that you cannot violate the human rights of that enemy of war."

“I want to stress that we all have to condemn the way these deportees have been treated. Inasmuch as we all concede that the deportees have questions to answer, it is important that these deportees’ rights are respected," Ablakwa concluded.

This is the second mass deportation of Ghanaians from the United States. Last year, 108 Ghanaian immigrants were deported from the United States.

They were reported to have been given 100 Ghana Cedis ($23) each after clearance as some of them had no means to contact their families.


Only a few of them had belongings, some of which were wrapped in rubber bags



Although they admitted going to the US illegally, they claim they handed themselves to authorities on arrival but as refugees.




This is the second mass deportation of Ghanaians from the United States in recent times.

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