AFRICA/GHANA - Respect for laws and human rights is fundamental to managing migration

Tuesday, 16 May 2017 migrants   environment  

Accra (Agenzia Fides) - "Ghana’s natural resources have become a curse rather than blessings as a result of wanting distortion left behind by those involved in illegal mining of the earth for God given gifts of precious stones", said John Peter Amewu, Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, at a forum organized by the ministry for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration for interaction with heads of Europe and Middle-East missions in Ghana. The Minister was unhappy with the massive number of foreign nationals involved in illegal mining activities destroying the lands, forest and water bodies, creating permanent damage to the environment.
Ghana is also a land of emigration and not just immigration. The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Honorable Mrs. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey called on the diplomats to use their office to protect and help Ghanaians living in their countries.
The Minister added that migration issues should be handled in a human manner, protecting the dignity of people who live in line with internationally accepted lay down rules. Botchwey was saddened by the news of Ghanians treated badly in some countries, but also urged local authorities to punish Ghanians who violate the laws of the countries where they reside so that it serves as a warning to others. (A.A.) (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 16/5/2017)