UNHCR Ghana calls on Government to accede to UN Conventions on Statelessness

UNCT-GH-UNHCR-2018

June 20, 2018

Accra, Ghana

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Ghana office and the Ghana Refugee Board (GRB) have called on the Government to develop the legal pathways for local integration of protracted refugees in the country and accede to the two UN Conventions on Statelessness.  The call was contained in a statement read in Parliament by a Member of Parliament of Ningo-Prampram, Hon. Samuel Nartey George, as part of commemorative events of World Refugee Day in Accra.

At a ceremony held in Accra in commemoration of the Day, the UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Christine Evans-Klock commended Ghana’s efforts at meeting the needs of refugees over the past years. In a video message to mark the Day, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres, disclosed that a Global Compact on Refugees will be presented to the UN General Assembly this year.  He added that the Compact on Refugees “offers a way forward and recognizes the contributions that refugees make to the societies hosting them.”  The UN Head expressed concern about the lack of protection for refugees.  He called for the re-establishment of the integrity of the international refugee protection regime.

The Chairman of the GRB, Professor Kenneth Attafuah reiterated the need to recognise the opportunities that refugees bring to their host countries. The Minister of Information, Hon. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid shared his personal life experience growing up as a son of a refugee.  He noted that “we must realise that refugee situations are real and it could happen to anyone”.

There was a presentation by High Level Influencer (HLI) Kwame Amfo-Akonnor, calling for support for refugees under the LuQuLuQu campaign.  HLI eShun, a Ghanaian singer also added her voice to the call in a performance dedicated to the stateless.