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United Nations refugee agency urges Ghana to cease forced return of Burkina Faso refugees

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The United Nations refugee company (UNHCR) on Wednesday said it was involved about stories that tons of of Burkinabe refugees, together with ladies and youngsters, fleeing to Ghana have been being deported.

For the previous few years, Burkina Faso has been experiencing violence and terrorist assaults from extremist teams in lots of cities. In line with UNHCR, greater than 17,500 Burkina Faso nationals have fled to neighboring international locations, together with Niger, Mali, Benin, and Côte d’Ivoire, since January 2021 because of the continued battle.

Ghana has been accused of getting forcefully deported greater than 500 Burkina Faso nationals looking for safety alongside the border since Tuesday. A video on Twitter exhibiting expelled ladies and youngsters sitting in a parking zone close to the border has been extensively circulated.

UNHCR referred to as on Ghana to cease the deportations, saying that they quantity to a violation of the non-refoulement principle. In line with UNHCR,

Non-refoulement is a elementary precept enshrined in worldwide regulation, which prohibits the return of an asylum seeker or a refugee to international locations the place his life or freedom can be threatened.

UNHCR additionally urged the Ghanaian authorities to “assure entry to the territory and asylum to nationals of Burkina Faso looking for worldwide safety.”

The Ghanian Ministry of Nationwide Safety has denied the allegations. Opposite to the report, it claims, the Ghana Refugee Board has collaborated with the UNHCR to arrange a reception centre with a capability of 4,000 people within the Higher East Area. Presently, 530 displaced Burkinabe residents are accommodated there.

Source / Picture: jurist.org

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