Friday, December 1, 2017

Government Organises Emergency Meeting On Ghanaian Detainees

8:30:00 PM

Ms Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, Minister of Foreign Affairs has said that government would organise an emergency meeting on Ghanaians detained in Libya and the migrant situation there.       

According to her, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would collaborate with the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Gender and Social Protection and other MDAs to arrange the meeting of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on migration.

The objective of the meeting is to come up with concrete measures to deal comprehensively with the situation of the Ghanaian detainees in Libya.  

Ms Ayorkor Botchwey made the revelation when she briefed Parliament on the recent developments in Libya concerning the auctioning of African detainees in that country.

The recent shocking revelation by CNN about the on-going slave trade in Libya, involving black African migrants, have been strongly condemned worldwide, including the United Nations, the African Union and President Nana Akufo-Addo.

Meanwhile, some 127 Ghanaian detainees have been repatriated home.  Ms Ayorkor Botchwey also revealed that some of the Ghanaian detainees in Libya were forced to pay various sums of money before being released, saying that, some family members of the detainees had to pay as much as GHȼ5,000.00 before being released. 

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