President Mahama
President Mahama

OccupyGhana ?has attacked government of Ghana for its Silence over the killing of a?Ghanaian in South Africa’s Xenophobic Attacks.

wpid-President-Dramani-Mahama-300x168.jpgAccording to?OccupyGhana, government’s silence over the issue is “worrying.”

In a press release, the group stated that almost all governments, whose nationals have been caught up in the recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa, have called out the South African government, with the very notable exception of Ghana.

“Even the African Union Commission whose chairperson is South African, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has described the attacks in the province of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa as “unacceptable,” and particularly worrying as AU Day approaches on May 25.”

In the release, the group averred thata The AU Commission Chairperson aptly captured how we should be feeling, in the following words:?”On 25 May we remember the founding of the Organization of African Unity, which played such a critical role in mobilizing international solidarity for the end of Apartheid.”
It continue to say that, every responsible government speaks up when its name and citizens are unfairly treated, as many people watched in awe when Hollywood immortalized on the silver screen, the true story of Captain Richard Philips, and observed the extent that some governments are willing to go to protect just one of its citizens, seized by pirates.
“Sadly, our government has abandoned its duty of care for its overseas compatriots in this case. We certainly appreciate the camaraderie between Ghana and South Africa that may make it difficult for a recall of Ghana’s High Commissioner to South Africa in protest, but at the least a condemnation of the attacks on all nationals and in particular the senseless murder of a Ghanaian and a summoning of the SA High Commissioner in Ghana for questioning is the least card we can draw diplomatically,” it said.

OccupyGhana also noted that every responsible government raises a finger when its name and citizens are unfairly treated, citing the Turkish foreign ministry which recently called its ambassador to the Holy See back to Ankara, and summoned the Vatican’s ambassador, after Pope Francis’ genocide remarks over the killing of Armenians under the old Turkish Ottoman Empire were described by Ankara as causing a “problem of trust” in diplomatic relations.

It said, “The Ghana government should seize this opportunity to be heard globally that it does not endorse torture. It should be bold to appeal to the World Economic Forum to cancel its planned hosting of WEF-Africa meeting in June 2015 as the theme “Then and Now: Re-imagining Africa’s future” cannot be legitimized in a country that currently projects an African image as a home for disorder and savagery.”

“Finally, the fact that the violence that is being meted out is directed mostly by blacks from South Africa on blacks but not other races should be food for thought for a country that Ghana toiled so hard and lost so much to help become free from apartheid, discrimination and bigotry. “Article 4 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights provides “Human beings are inviolable. Every human being shall be entitled to respect for his life and the integrity of his person. No one may be arbitrarily deprived of this right.”


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