The Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has expressed his disgust in what he described as condemnable regarding the inhumane treatment meted out by authorities to undocumented Ghanaian migrants who were deported from the United States of America(USA) back to the Country on Wednesday.
He made this statement following the arrival of the second batch of 80 Ghanaian illegal immigrant deportees to Kotoka International Airport from the United States in handcuffs on Wednesday, 14 June. This deportee upon arrival were screened by the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), the Ghana Immigration Service(GIS), as well as the Ghana Police Service.
“Everybody has rights, it doesn’t matter if the person is a convict or whether the person is caught in the act, so the report that we are picking up about the dehumanizing way in which these Ghanaians were treated, arrested, handcuffed and continued to be handcuffed, in this long distance flight and arrived at the Kotoka International Airport in handcuffs should be condemned.
“These are fellow human beings and you don’t treat them that way; even deportees have rights. 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.
Speaking on this issue on Class 91.3FM on Wednesday, Mr Ablakwa stated that even in international laws, rights of criminals are recognized and respected when caught even in the act. Adding that he expects our very Foreign Ministry and the Foreign Minister to speak out on these matters.