the UN asks Morocco and Spain to investigate





The committee of United Nations for the Protection of Migrant Workers and their Families has urged this Tuesday the governments of Spain and Morocco to “immediately” open an “exhaustive” investigationindependent and transparent” on the assault on the Melilla fence which took place on Friday and left at least 23 sub-Saharans dead. The Spanish Foreign Minister, José Manuel Albares, has guaranteed this Tuesday that “both the Moroccan Prosecutor’s Office and the Spanish Ombudsman will investigate the facts.”

In a statement, the committee has condemned the incidents in the area and has stressed that still “it must be determined if the victims died when falling of the fence, in a stampede or as a result of actions committed by border guards.

Thus, the experts have asked the two countries to “bring those responsible to justice” to “prevent tragedies like this from happening again” in the future. In addition, he has asked Morocco, Spain and other countries of the European Union to guarantee “safe” routes for “orderly” migration and take measures to guarantee respect for the right to request asylum.

“Migrants should not be subjected to cruel or inhuman treatment”

The committee has said it is “dismayed” by the death of the migrants, who were trying to cross the border “in search of a better life within the framework of their legitimate human rights.” Thus, he has also expressed his “concern and sadness over the tragedy”: “We regret the violations of the right to life, which is framed in the International Convention of Migrant Workers. (…) We remind the States that migrants must not be subjected to any cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment“.

“States must ensure that all border policies and practices respect human rights and guarantee the right to life, dignity, security and physical integrity of migrants in all circumstances”, he insisted.

The committee, which has conveyed its “deepest condolences” to the families of the victims, has emphasized the need to introduce measures that guarantee the access to justice for victims and their families, while offering “repair”. In this sensehas urged the Moroccan government to preserve the bodies of the deceasedto identify them and offer the necessary support for their transfer, if necessary.

“We call on all States to respect the Human Rights of migrants, including asylum seekers,” he said, before stressing that “detention is an exceptional measure of last resort.”

Albares: Spain and Morocco will investigate

For its part, delivery notes He assured this Tuesday in an interview on Antena 3 that both Spain and Morocco want to “know what happened” in the jump to the Melilla fence. And he assured that “both the Moroccan Prosecutor’s Office and the Spanish Ombudsman are going to investigate the facts”.

The deaths and the actions of the Government of Spain in this regard have generated new clashes within the coalition for Pedro Sánchez’s support for Rabat’s performance. And it is that United We Can has demanded an independent investigation in recent days. The chief executive has insisted that what was experienced was an “attack” that had to be defended against.

Albares has also highlighted that “it is clear that an avalanche of 2,000 people is very difficult to manage” Therefore, Spain needs to “further strengthen collaboration with Morocco” and with the transit countries of migration coming from the south, he assured.

Asked about the Moroccan claims that Algeria was responsible for the assault with his laxity with immigrants, Albares has responded that he is not going to “accuse without knowing what has happened”.

The minister has also pointed out that the European Union must become more involved in the management of this immigration since it is “a very complex phenomenon that no country can face alone”. For the head of Foreign Affairs, it is necessary to recognize the complexity of the migratory phenomenon and the complexity of protecting Europe’s only land border with Africa, which highlights the need to collaborate even more with Europe and with the countries of transit and origin.


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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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