Information on arrests and disappearances of NPP members as a result of the mid-February 1993 demonstration in Accra that was dispersed by the police, using tear gas and batons [GHA16055.E]

According to West Africa, in its issue of 8-14 March 1993, the Joint Action Committee (JAC) which is made up of six political organizations, including the New Patriotic Party (NPP), condemned the arrest of six people who took part in a march organized by the group on 16 February 1993 (387). The police charged the six with participating in "an illegal demonstration and failing to disperse" (ibid.).

The organizers of the march claimed they did not seek a police permit because previous requests for permits were turned down by the police (ibid.). In its issue of 22-28 March 1993, West Africa states that the marches were anti-budget demonstrations, which took place in Accra and were violently broken up by the police (476). For other developments involving the NPP's attempts to hold demonstrations around the period in question, please refer to the other attached issues of West Africa dated 22-28 February 1993 and 25-31 January 1993. None of the sources consulted mentions disappearances connected with the event.

This response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB 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.


West Africa [London]. 22-28 March 1993. "Dateline Ghana: Demo Trial Adjourned."

. 8-14 March 1993. "Dateline Ghana: JAC Condemns Arrests."


West Africa [London]. 22-28 March 1993. "Dateline Ghana: Demo Trial Adjourned," p. 476.

. 15-21 March 1993. "Dateline Ghana: Political Violence," p. 430.

. 8-14 March 1993. "Dateline Ghana: JAC Condemns Arrests," pp. 387-388.

. 22-28 February 1993. "Dateline Ghana: Mrs. Rawlings Prevails," p. 300.

. 25-31 January 1993," Dateline Ghana: Adu-Buahene, Pratt Trial," pp. 115-116.