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WORLD DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION

Friday, 6 April 2018
Rosa M Tristan

ALLIANCE FOR SOLIDARITY DENOUNCING THE CRIMINALIZATION AND INSTITUTIONAL RACISM THAT PEOPLE SUFFER MIGRANTS IN SPAIN

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On the occasion of the international day elimination of the discrimination Racial, celebrated on 21 March, Alliance for solidarity denouncing violations of rights and criminalization faced by migrants, as well as migration policies based on the creation of a 'fortress Europe', which has stopped in 2017 more 3,000 deaths in the Mediterranean Sea (200 trying to reach Spanish shores) and that in 2018 join already 500, according to data from the IOM (International Organization for migration). To this situation, you must add violence and discrimination facing this migrant population in Spain.

For Alliance for solidarity, racism institutionIMG_7860NAL uses the Aliens Act to violate rights of migrants arriving in the territory since, although supposedly collect their rights and social integration, in fact gives legal framework to a series of measures of control, regulation and limitation of those rights in a country where, in addition, there is an extraordinary regularization of immigrants since 2005. So, to make a distinction between those who have rights and who is not, a discrimination that condemns many people to a total lack of job opportunities and, therefore, to exclusion, preventing that they can live with dignity.

Today, thousands of citizens are in an irregular situation in Spain and living under persecution and constant stress. The immigrant community has spent years denouncing harassment and racial persecution by police who suffer collective as the street vendors, who also exercised the deceased Senegalese Mame Mbaye, as well as the difficulties in finding a job worth if have regularized their administrative situation, like that happened to the deceased. This adds the constant threat of detention in a centre of detention of foreigners (CIE) in prison conditions or deportation or expulsion to third countries in which there are fewer guarantees for their well-being and personal safety.

Alliance solidarity has spent years working with migrants in the countries of origin, transit and destination so they can access their rights, regardless of the country where they were born. For this reason, remember that the Universal Declaration of human rights is universal because it establishes that these rights belong to every human being simply by the fact of being so. However, for non-EU migrants, which are more than two million people, this 'universality' is not such, since is conditioned by nationality, the administrative situation, race, social class, etc. It is clear that the existence of an international human rights law does not guarantee the performance of your application.

This situation, Alliance demands the Government implementation of real legislative and institutional protection, as well as the creation of mechanisms, today essential to deal with racism in all its forms (institutional, social, labour, etc.), for what the involvement of the whole of society is necessary.

After the recent events in the heart of the Senegalese community, it is also necessary to consider racism as a structural and everyday phenomenon for tens of thousands of people racialized in our country. It is not a matter of secondary, individual and timely, as it has been considered so far. At the end, the conditions of life that generates this everyday racism have dire consequences for the lives of people who came to Spain fleeing from situations of war, persecution and extreme poverty.


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