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Spain investigates Melilla migrant deaths

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Status: 06/29/2022 02:52

At least 23 migrants have died trying to cross from Morocco to the Spanish North African enclave of Melilla. The actions of the Moroccan police have caused horror. Spanish justice is now taking action.

Spanish justice has opened an investigation into the deaths of at least 23 migrants during the storming of the Spanish North African enclave of Melilla. This was reported by Spanish public television channel RTVE and other Spanish media.

Attorney General Dolores Delgado justified the decision by the scope of what happened last Friday at the border fence on the Moroccan side. Delgado pointed out that the human and fundamental rights of migrants could have been violated in the process.

Human rights activists raise serious allegations

Human rights activists have made serious allegations. Moroccan authorities have used “unjustified violence” and “abused” migrants, Amin Abidar, head of the Moroccan Association for Human Rights (AMDH) in the city of Nador, told the German press agency. .

People were left trapped on the ground for hours without medical help. As a result, several migrants died.

The United Nations Human Rights Office is also essential

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN Committee on Migrant Workers had previously called on Spain and Morocco to investigate the circumstances of the 23 deaths. If there are those responsible for the tragedy, they must be held accountable, said a spokeswoman for the UN human rights office.

For the Spanish government, the issue is sensitive. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez blamed the “human trafficking mafia” for the development. Sánchez praised Moroccan security forces for repelling an attack “against the territorial integrity of the country (Spain)”.

Renewal of relations between Madrid and Rabat

Spain had only recently loosened its ties with Morocco by caving in to the decades-long dispute over Western Sahara. Madrid now supports Rabat’s plan to transform the former Spanish colony of Western Sahara into an autonomous province under Moroccan sovereignty. Just over a year ago, Morocco eased border controls at Spain’s second largest enclave in North Africa, Ceuta, and allowed around 8,000 migrants to enter Spanish territory unhindered.

Pope Francis also expressed his concern over the death of migrants in front of Melilla and also of migrants in Texas. “The fate of the migrants killed in Texas and Melilla hurts me,” the head of the Catholic Church wrote on Twitter. On the outskirts of the Texas town of San Antonio, dozens of migrants believed to have been illegally brought to the United States have been found dead in the trailer of a parked truck. US media reported 50 deaths on Tuesday.

Source www.tagesschau.de

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