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Ghana: Protest, razing of plantations, shootings and arrests made by the government in Akrofuom/Ashanti mining regions of Ghana on 20 May 1998

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 28 September 2000
Citation / Document Symbol GHA35237.E
Reference 2
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No reports specific to the protest, razing of plantations, shootings and arrests made by the government in Akrofuom, Ashanti gold mining regions on 20 May 1998 could be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.

The only report on labour violence in Akrofuom/Ashanti gold mining region is one from April 1996 which states that,

miners in Akrofuom had a violent clash with the security officers of the Ashanti Goldfield Corporation. It took police days to quell the riots. Before then, the irate miners had set vehicles ablaze and attacked the company's poultry, killing over 10,000 chicken. The argument of the local miners is that the company, which has been mining their land since 1898, has made no contribution to the development of the place or to the lives of the local population, even though in 1995 alone the company produced nearly one million ounces of gold, totalling 93 per cent of the nation's produce for the year. The Ashanti Goldfield Corporation has over 100 square miles of concession in the Adansi district alone which comprises Obuasi and Akrofuom (The Week 13 Jan. 1997).

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.

Reference

The Week . Theo Nicol. 13 January 1997. "Menace of the Miners." (NEXIS)

Additional Sources Consulted

Africa Confidential [London].

Africa Research Bulletin [Oxford].

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices 1997-1999 . 1998-2000.

Keesing's Record of World Events [Cambridge].

LEXIS/NEXIS

Resource Centre. Country File. Ghana.

West Africa [London].

Two oral sources consulted did not provide information on the subject.

Internet sites including,

Ashanti Gold Fields.

The Independent.

All Africa News.

Ghanaian Times.

Search engines

Google

Mamma

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