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UNHRC calls upon the Ghana to stop deportation of Liberian refugees


Comment:
Author: P.Goanue
Date: 10-19 12:21 

Hi Ghanania, continueus to reinforce your "no stranger" policy on liberian, do not forget that half of your citizen living in liberia and abroad are using the liberia passport, but one day the mass citizeship you earned under Taylor's tyrranical regime will be denounced by a concerned Government.
LET THE TRUTH COMES OUT-UNHCR
Author: Abrokwah
Date: 03-26 07:57 

To me it is not good habit for Liberians as an Africans brothers and sisters to found them selves in the situations like that. We all need peace to unite, and UNHCR should find solution to that and they should let the whole world know how much they are entitle to as they are demanding such amount, and is the host nation to pay for.The remours in Liberia is that the UNCHR has given the money to the Ghana government to pay them and the government intend to give USD$10.00. The Liberians are trying to plan and attack Ghanaians in Liberia in that effect.
Tell UNHCR
Author: Oheneba Yaw Mensah
Date: 03-26 00:27 

Ghana did not tell Liberians to destroy their own country. Send them back. And, let it be quick. They have overstayed their hospitality and paid Ghanaians with ingratitude. Let the Ghana government stop taking UNCHR monies and care about the peace and welfare of its own citizens. All these refugees are a great burden to the people and resources of Ghana. The population explosion of the refugees with their high rate of fertility should be no comfort to any native born Ghanaian. Government leaders sign contracts with UNHCR without consent of the citizens. The monies paid to the leaders end up helping no Ghanaian child.
I want librians to be free
Author: chrislyn
Date: 03-25 21:07 

stop wars and let librains free
GHANA MUST ENFORCE DEPORTATION
Author: SUSAN H FRIMPONG
Date: 03-24 21:55 

GHANA MUST ENFORCE DEPORTATION ON LIBERIANS BEING REFUGEES OR NON SHOULD THE NATION FEEL THE NEED TO DO SO.

GHANA IS A GOOD COUNTRY AND WILL REMAIN GOOD WITH 0% VIOLENCE FREE.

LIBERIANS MUST GO BACK TO THEIR MOTHERLAND AND MANTAIN A PEACEFUL VIOLENCE FREE COUNTRY TO THEIR OWN BENEFIT.

AGAIN, GHANA MUST AND WILL ENFORCE DEPORTATION ON LIBERIANS SHOULD THE NEED ARISE.

GOD BLESS OUR HOMELAND GHANA.
What is this all about?
Author: KB
Date: 03-24 17:05 

I really don't want us to miss the issues. The problem with Ghana is that we tend to always pander to the wishes and expectations of the outside-can't we take decisions that reflects our best national interests, even if the rest of the world does not approve?I've seen comments about international law as it relates to the treatment of refugees.The question I want to ask is, don't refugees also have duty to abide and respect the laws of their host countries? Can someone answer that question? This whole thing has been turned into depicting Ghana as heartless and irresponsible in its treatment of the refugees, but has anyone pondered to consider the fact that the so-called refugees showed outright desdain and disrespect for Ghana and its people but rudely refusing to quit their protest. We all trave, and whether as diplomats, refugees or visitors, our cardinal duty on a foreign land is to obey the laws of that country, no matter how stupid those laws are.
Somebody was saying that the Liberians could mistreat our folks due what it happening to so-called Liberian refugees in Ghana. We must lose sight of the fact that these people had lived in Ghana for many years and had enjoyed their stay. What is happening right now is due to their blatant arrogance and disrespect to the laws of their host country. If Ghanaians living in Liberia disobey the laws of Liberia, I believe the Liberian authorities know what to do.The underlining fact therefore is that anyone who lives outside the shores of his/her country, has an overriding duty to abide by the laws of that country. If he/she flouts the laws, then he/she had removed whatever cover they are entitled to. the international law that set out privileges for refugees also set out inherent duties, which are sacrosanct. The two go together,if you infringe the law, the host country has the right to deport you. My advice to Liberians is that they should be careful with the way they approch this case. They should recognise the good gesture of Ghana in taking them in, in the first place. Ghana could have refused them entry and no one could have changed that.If they continue to behave the way they are doing, very few countries in Africa will be interested in accepting Liberian refugees in the future. The war in Liberia finished long time ago and one would have expected that all Liberians would be itching to go back home.If you wish to continue living in Ghana, then you have a duty to respect the laws and state of Ghana.
Ghanaians are more crooks
Author: John Sabah
Date: 03-24 14:43 

Letter of the Day: Ashes and Tears for Liberian Refugees in Kufuor Land
03/24/08 - James Torh, torhjd@yahoo.com










The Editor,



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nother dazed batch of Liberian refugees, emotionally eviscerated, their situation and condition is alarming and clouded with incomprehension on the Buduburam Refugee Camp in Ghana under President John Kufuor NPP Government. Indeed, a dark hour in the history of Liberian refugee’s nightmare and the lifelong void, another traumatic experience of pains and emotional wounds will be there as we reflect on the 14 year brutal civil war.



Since our national climate has changed in early 1990s with terror and human rights tragedies that consumed our land, the stories of Liberian refugees from Guinea to Ivory Coast to Ghana and other West African countries, though grim and horrific are reflection of human suffering that fellow Liberians have endured from the hands of hateful and conquering people called African brothers.



Since the unfortunate and ghastly incident, my heart has been ripped out and been deeply troubled and have maintained contact with friends and colleagues. Few minutes ago, I have spoken with some one who said we are no more protected. No, we are not. No one is safe on this Camp and we are living in extreme fear and anxiety. The police squads and political formulated task force skewed toward the Goma District and have taken over the Camp entering homes, arresting people at will without an ounce of pity and mercy on harmless creatures like us. As I am speaking to you this Sunday morning, people have been deported to Liberia leaving behind their families and everything they have owned.



But the question to President Kufuor and his political soldiers is-what destruction has the grieving mothers and sisters who hold up placards peacefully sitting on the field to call and get the attention of UNHCR to their plight created? What Ghanaian law have they broken in the process of pleading for assistance-a right they deserved? The Government decision to move on defenseless and innocent refugees women on the Camp in the early morning hours to use physical violence against them-seized and dumped them Kordiabe Youth Center, a country that I am told that acceded the 1951 UN Refugees Convention and has enacted a national refugees legislation-is a tragedy and pervert international humanitarian laws.



Even the tales of unseen hardships and horror the refugees are going through at Kordiabe Youth Center are not mentioned in the main stream media. From the time, they were detained; their struggle, their stories and their plights truly walk through hell. But the fact of arresting Liberian women, detaining them for days is violence against women and violated their human rights and indeed knife Liberia, a neighboring and a member country of ECOWAS in the back. In diplomacy, this is erosion of bilateral relation between countries and in the African tradition is declaration of war. But a colleague told me that this is rooted in the habitual arrogance of the Ghanaian culture of not respecting women’s rights.
Ghanaians are more crooks
Author: John Sabah
Date: 03-24 14:37 

Jefferson Elliot, President of the CSA, in an interview with Star Radio Saturday recalled that Ghana has the history of deporting Liberians, starting from the 1960s, 1970s and in the 1980s. Mr. Elliot told Star Radio Liberia has been generous to Ghanaians by accommodating them, even as teachers in the country’s school system. According to Mr. Elliot, Ghanaians control and benefit from Liberia’s fishing industry and have enjoyed Liberian hospitality for years. Elliott said cannot remember when Liberia deported Ghanaians and wants government to establish why Ghana has been acting to Liberians in such manner. Mr. Elliot also argued it was wronged to deport refugees against their will and said the action of the Ghanaian government violates international protocols on refugees. They are asking the government of Ghana to hold off because Liberia is not prepared.
Re: UNHRC calls upon the Ghana to stop deportati
Author: @
Date: 03-24 11:26 

Ghanaweb please know hoh to write english. Look the the heading you have for the story and the grammar. What is "the Ghana"?
LET ALL TO WRITE THE UNHCR
Author: Titus Glavee.
Date: 03-24 09:12 

HERE IS THE WEBSITE ADDRESS OF THE UNHCR:
www.unhcr.org/cgi-bin/texis/vtx/contact?hq=y

THIS IS THE SECTION WHERE WE COULD ALL WRITE TO THEM AND MAKE THEM UNDERSTAND THAT IF THEY ARE A DECENT ORGANIZATION THEN THEY SHOULD QUICKLY BRING ALL THE LIBERIANS INTO SWITZERLAND, WHERE THEY ARE HEADQUARTED FOR US TO KNOW THEY HAVE SOME CLOUT, OTHERWISE THEY SHOULD F... OFF! WHERE WERE THEY WHEN THE ITALIANS, DUTCH, GERMANS,AND ESPECIALLY THE SWISS WERE TREATING AYLUM SEEKERS AS ANIMALS IN THOSE COUNTRIES?
TO THE UNHCR
Author: Robert Gyamfi
Date: 03-24 04:46 

The UNHCR should put this in context on this matter. Refugees should not be allowed to take the law in their hands because of the international laws that protects them. Many would call the NPP government of Ghana all manner of names for their decision on this matter. Both the UNHCR and those vilifying the government should remember that not long ago some group of refugees in Krisan (western region of Ghana) misbehaved in a similar manner. The government learnt lessons from that incident and now want to be on top of affairs first and foremost for Ghanaians and thereafter for any other nationals living in Ghana. Lets refugee in Ghana know the laws of the country would prevail.
Ghanaian-Liberians
Author: Kwame
Date: 03-23 23:15 

UNHCR and whichever organizations and individuals who are helping to keep the Liberians please steadfast and work with the Ghana authorities to help them live wherever they want,if they want to live in Ghana,let them,as they are already there.If possible disperse them into smaller camps in some or all the regional capitals and ask those who would like to find their owm way into acommodation in the towns can do so but can come to your offices for the help they had been receiving.They can find jobs and I am sure a lot of them will creat their own work as there are not many paid jobs in Ghana.I don't know what the rules of UNHCR are but if they have to mend it to make things easier they should.I do not think this problem is complicated like we have in other places.Once we all try to block our minds a little from geographical entities and think more of ourselves as humans of this world,then we are still on the path of happy living.Ghanaians think harder,you would realise that Liberians were part of us a very long time ago.They are back in Ghana,they are back home;it is not a punishmemt.No,it should not be a punishment because they are back home in Ghana,to answer one of the writers.
Nonsense. Send them back
Author: TWUM BARIMA.
Date: 03-23 21:58 

Ghana is not under the sovereignty of UCHCR
Sanitized Spin Again
Author: The Sanctuary
Date: 03-23 18:55 

Why take so long to step in and prevent the deportations by the UN? Conveniently, after a few have gone so you can hold this up as an example to others? Exploitative threat more like! They knew full well that innocent refugees were being dragged off and detained, expressly for this purpose. The charges outlined here are exagerated, if not downright and complete invention. This article is more about damage limitation for UNHCR and the Refuge Agency inactivity at a time when it was needed most, coupled with siding up to the disproportionate heavy handedness of the Govt. cracking a nut with a sledgehammer. There have never been ringleaders to the women's campaign, hence the inability to discuss anything with them. The only approach made to many of these refugees were on those occasions they sent in armed personnel to randomly drag them off, beaten in some cases and then duly detained. Saturday March 22nd will go down in the annals of bleak history. Shameful to all those who allowed this to happen in the first place. I am still missing numerous humanitarian organisation members, all registered with UNHCR as I am aware, so Lord knows who the poor souls are who have been so hastily deported. Many other refugees are still missing and too terrified to return to their dwellings on Buduburum. Hardly surprising when they really don't know what to expect next, and considering that they are not getting the support from those who should be putting their welfare first. These refugees are not only innocent of any crime alleged, but are also now much maligned in an effort for the powers that be to attempt justification of their own actions, or clear lack of action in some quarters. I am certainly not alone with this view of how the refugees have been treated. There are many other quarters who also work with these people on a daily basis, who are likewise equally appalled. There is little point in citing the Geneva convention here, because it was most certainly overlooked or conveniently ignored, when it came to applying any of this to how these people of extremely limited means either have to exist, or how they are to be treated. I pointed this out to the UNHCR by written correspondence, but they duly ignored me too. Why should I be surprised then? Well here is my own message to UNHCR, and any other authority that is claiming to look out for these people. I pay to put food and water into their bellies, seeing as you are not, I pay school fees, medical bills to save from disease and death, paid for a roof over their heads when the Govt. chucked them out of their original homes early this year, and all because those that should be doing this in support of them, do not!! These people, despite not being allowed to earn themselves a decent wage to alleviate their poverty status according to Govt. dictat, still need support from somewhere. They get nothing for free and nor expect to, they have to scratch around for a few pesewas here and there. Oh and yes, you have also jeopardised my organisational repatriation scheme, again paid for by me, because you have hijacked most of my humanitarian staff on the ground. Shame on you all, but despite all of your spin on this atrocious debacle, the truth will come out and you cannot hide behind your distortions forever.
UNHCR DOES NOT OWN GHANA
Author: BRIGHT ASARE
Date: 03-23 18:18 

THE LIBERIANS SHOULD BE DEPORTED
IT IS TIME FOR GHANIANS TO KNOW THAT GHANA BELONGS TO GHANIANS IF GHANA FALLS IT FALL WITH GHANIAN ALL THESE FOREIGN VALTURES WILL FIND THEIR WAY TO ANOTHER COUNTRY
WAKE UP GHANA AND OPEN YOUR EYES,UNHCR DOES NOT NOT OWN GHANA.GHANA HAS BEEN TOO GOOD BUT TOO FOLISH FOR TOO LONG JUST BECAUSE GHANIANS ARE HYPOCRATE.
UNHCR
Author: Koo Nimo
Date: 03-23 17:08 

Why is it that the UNHCR does not put pressure on Western Countries to take in these refugees, rather than pressuring poor countries with people they have adjudged to need help. Let's see how many Western countries will accept black African refugees wholeheartedly as they did for refugees from Kosovo and Bosnia.
npp dislike for humanity
Author: kenny jones
Date: 03-23 17:01 

yes that is how they are; npp thieves
UNHCR has spoken
Author: Mary Grace
Date: 03-23 17:00 

UNHCR, the global protectors of refugees has spoken holistically, that is to say to both partners involved.

While I support the deportation of those Liberians who have committed serious crime, I am seriously against punishing all liberians, especially those who did not take part in the unlawful activities.

I saw the demonstration on youtube and I concluded that most of the women might have been forced to participate in the unlawful activities. Ringleaders probably went round to entice and wrongly inform the refugees that UNHCR has given the Ghana government money. Rumours and misinformation are rampant on refugee camps, rumours about resettlement and rights of refugees in both transit and third countries.

To the demanding refugees, quoting Geneva Convention 51 does not open doors
TO THE UNHCR
Author: Quantar Quamara
Date: 03-23 16:56 

Are you awake or still sleeping!!

The war ended some 5 years ago, peace and tranquilty has returned to Liberia so why are these Liberians still refugees in Ghana?

Is it not a better alternative to send them home to help build their Liberia?


If you want to make these refugess Ghanaians, then please educate them to integrate into the Ghanaian society, learn at least one Ghanaian language so that they may apply to become Ghanaians.

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