The Moroccan-Spanish border incident took place last Friday when African migrants were said by Moroccan officials to have been “beaten by Moroccan officials with batons, stones, buckets and stone attacks”. OHCHR Spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani, in their bid to extend the barbed wire fence separating Morocco from the North African city of Melilla, Spain.
“This is the highest death toll recorded in a single incident in years of migrants trying to cross from Morocco to Europe via Spain’s Melilla and Ceuta regions,” she said. “140 Moroccan border guards were also reported wounded. “
The call to protect the border
OHCHR official urges Morocco and Spain to ensure that migrants’ human rights are protected at their common borderand border officers must not use excessive force.
An independent investigation is necessary in view of the “competitive account“About what happened, she said.
“We also urge them to take all necessary steps together with the European Union, the African Union and other relevant international and regional organizations – to ensure border management measures are based on on human rights applies,” continued Ms. Shamdasani.
“These include access to safe migration routes, access to individual assessments and protection from collective deportation and re-education, as well as from arbitrary arrest and detention. .”
Texas Truck Tragedy
In a related development, Ms. Shamdasani expressed shock According to the latest reports, at least 50 migrants’ bodies have been found in an abandoned truck on the outskirts of San Antonio, Texas, apparently after crossing the border from Mexico.
Reports say that the migrants who died included two dozen from Mexico, seven from Guatemala and two from Honduras, who had suffered from heatstroke and heat exhaustion. Four children were among those found alive and transported to the hospital for treatment.
Three people have been arrested in connection with the horrific incident.
“This is not the first such tragedy, and it illustrates the critical need for frequent safe roads. for migration as well as accountability to those whose conduct has directly resulted in such loss of life,” the OHCHR official said. speak.
Asked by journalists in New York about migrant deaths in Texas, United Nations Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric, said it was important for both the US and Mexican governments to investigate and “bring to justice all those responsible for this terrible chain of events. “
“I think this horror once again highlights the tragedy faced by migrants and asylum seekers, and it also highlights the need for comprehensive strategies for safe, orderly and regular migration in the area.”