The Ghana Armed Forces are allegedly involved in the forcible repatriation of Burkinabe refugees from Ghana, according to media reports and publications, which the Ministry of National Security has categorically denied.
The Ministry released a statement in which it reaffirmed Ghana’s unwavering commitment to providing shelter and assistance to Burkinabe nationals who have fled to the Upper East and Upper West due to security issues in southern Burkina Faso.
“The Ministry, in collaboration with the Ghana Refugee Board and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), has accordingly established a temporary reception centre in the Upper East Region, capable of holding an estimated Two thousand, one hundred (2,100) displaced people from Burkina Faso.
“Currently, five hundred and thirty (530) displaced Burkinabes are being accommodated at the reception centre. Additionally, Ghanaian official entities ensure that displaced persons have access to free food and medical care. Also, as part of measures to enhance containment efforts, a 30-acre land has been acquired for the establishment of housing facilities to host displaced persons.
“Contrary to claims that displaced Burkinabes are being forced out of Ghana, a repatriation process has been instituted at the reception centre to aid the movement of Burkinabes who wish to return to their country.”
According to the National Security Ministry, the repatriation procedure has so far been carried out in cooperation with Burkinabe Immigration Authorities along the Ghana-Burkina Faso border and is in accordance with international protocols on the management of refugees.
“The Government of Ghana reiterates its commitment to maintaining peace, stability, and territorial integrity while ensuring the well-being of its citizens. Operations will continue to be conducted with respect for human rights, including the rights of refugees and displaced persons from neighbouring countries,” the statement added.