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Activist drags Ghana to ECOWAS Court over unlawful detention, deportation

A human rights activist and journalist, Shallie Abbuisi, has sued the Ghanaian government at the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Court of Justice, over what she termed unlawful arrest, detention and deportation by the Ghana Immigration Service.

Abbiusi, who is the spokesperson for the New Force Movement in Ghana, said due to her involvement with the group, she was detained in Ghana over claims that her residency status was not genuine. Abbiusi, in a statement, said she faced repeated court appearances and persistent harassment from the Ghanaian authorities, noting that even when charges against her were dropped, she was re-arrested under unfavourable circumstances.

She said: “It was a blatant disregard for due process and a clear violation of my rights. I refuse to be silenced and I will hold accountable those responsible for my persecution.

“My fight is not just for myself, but for all those who have been silenced and marginalised. We cannot turn a blind eye to these injustices for silence only perpetuates oppression. I refuse to be silenced.”

Culled from The Guardian