Ghana: Veracity of United Press International's articles of June 19, 1989 and June 22, 1989
|Publisher||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 July 1989|
|Citation / Document Symbol||GHA1567|
|Cite as||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Ghana: Veracity of United Press International's articles of June 19, 1989 and June 22, 1989, 1 July 1989, GHA1567, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6ad217c.html [accessed 24 October 2014]|
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Don Adams, at the World Headquarters of Jehovah's Witnesses, reviewed the articles from United Press International and makes the following comments:
The Ghanaian government informed Jehovah's Witnesses within its territory in June, 1989 that a freeze was placed on their activities. Ghanaian Publishers, Jehovah's Witnesses, were not told they were banned. However, government actions taken against them does in effect constitute a ban which the Publishers hope is temporary.
Under the present freeze, Jehovah's Witnesses are no longer permitted to worship together in their Freedom Halls, use their branch offices or their printing facilities. In mid-June 1989, the Ghanaian government closed the Freedom Halls and placed security forces there.
The foreign missionaries involved with Jehovah's Witnesses were expelled from Ghana at that time. Mr. Adams claims that the Publishers in Ghana were not "warned constantly that their activities were subversive". They found out about government actions at the same time as the general public; on State-run Accra Radio. He also stated that Jehovah's Witnesses do not accept or tolerate "crooks, pretenders and rogues" in their organization.
In response to the case of the dismissed student, Mr. Adams states that discrimination against Jehovah's Witnesses sometimes causes school problems for students whose parents are Jehovah's Witnesses. However Mr. Adams is not aware of the particular case mentioned in the newspaper.
Attached please find a copy of United Press International's articles of June 19, 1989 and June 22, 1989.