Friday, February 23

The United Nations rapporteur criticizes the “shared responsibility” of Spain and Morocco in the jump to the Melilla fence

The United Nations special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Felipe González Morales, has lamented that there is not a “complete flow of information” about the jump to the Melilla fence, which occurred last June and has criticized the “shared responsibility” of the Governments of Spain and Morocco in that event, which ended the lives of dozens of people. He has also demanded “that in-depth investigations be allowed” to clarify what exactly happened that day.

The wounded from the jump to the Melilla fence that Morocco moved away from the border

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González Morales participated this Friday in a conference at the University of Deusto in Bilbao on the occasion of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Pedro Arrupe Human Rights Institute. The meeting was also attended by the Lehendakari, Iñigo Urkullu.

To questions from those present, González Morales has been questioned about the tragedy that occurred last June on the border between Nador and Melilla, where 23 migrants died. The Special Rapporteur of the United Nations, who in his conference had already described as “very worrying” issues such as hot returns, has stressed that “there are no legal limbos” between states, in such a way that, sometimes what given is a “shared responsibility”.

As he has denounced, given the situation generated at the Melilla fence there is no “complete flow of information” and the Ombudsman himself has also warned of the “incomplete information” that has been given about what happened. For this reason, González Morales has demanded that “in-depth investigations” be allowed to be carried out, including “monitoring by civil society.”

“The right to access to justice is not guaranteed. Sometimes these agreements are made with countries that cannot be considered safe countries for migrants or refugees to stay or be sent there, who are also often detained in inhumane conditions. For the same reason, we have repeatedly said that these agreements should not be carried out in a way that implies these forms”, the rapporteur concluded.