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General News of Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Source: 3 News

Albinos to take legal action against Immigration Service

The Ghana Association of Persons with Albinism is considering legal action against the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) for disqualifying persons with albinism who turned up in the just ended enlistment exercise.

The Association says such a move by the GIS constitutes discrimination against persons with albinism which must be discouraged.

The Ghana Immigration Service sold 84,000 service forms to prospective applicants but only 500 would be enlisted.

Applicants with tattoos, albinism, and other forms of physical body deformities were disqualified.

The mass disqualification has attracted the wrath of the public with the Member of Parliament (MP) for Keta and Deputy Ranking Member of Employment Committee in Parliament, Richard Quarshigah threatening to take legal action against Ghana Immigration Service.

The Executive Director of the Ghana Association of Persons with Albinism, Newton Kweku Katseku, in an interview on 3FM’s Sunrise said “We are going to speak to the issue. We shall consult our lawyers to take a legal advice”.

He said “we are collating data on the number of our members who turned up but were turned away because it is a clear violation of the rights of persons with albinism”.

Kweku Katseku stressed “it is discriminatory and violation of our rights”.

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