This morning in Madrid, the Association of African network (consisting of Immigrant Associations Senegalese, Gambians, Cameroonians, Malians and Guineans, and the Pan-African League) supported by Alliance for Solidarity, offered a press conference to denounce the death of the 15 people migrants in Ceuta and request an investigation.
On February 6 migrants trying to reach Spanish soil wave were attacked with rubber bullets and tear gas by the Civil Guard. The survivors were returned immediately to Morocco, in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights and Immigration Law Spanish.
Mamadou Agne, general secretary of the Association of Senegalese Immigrants in Spain, started the ceremony by reading a statement (see complete at the end) where
Mamadou Agne, general secretary of the Association of Senegalese Immigrants in Spain, started the ceremony by reading a statement (see complete at the end) where denounced the lack of relief to migrants who died and the use of riot control against people who were in a position of total vulnerability.
After reading the statement, there has been a round of questions from the press.
The representative of the Pan-African League, Antumi Toasije, called for normalize the borders, there is a free movement of people to prevent more deaths and the terrible conditions suffered by inmates in IECs. He further highlighted that most migrants want to return sometime in their country and if they do not is because they have been caught in a worse situation than they had at first.
Mbaye Aby, women's representative of the Association of Senegalese strongly denounced the systematic violation of the rights of people who migrate: "Nobody wants to leave their country, open your eyes, if we leave our country is something we have come here to fight, enough!"
These partnerships require political responsibilities and riot control agents used against migrants as they consider what happened in Ceuta commits an offense: "We will not stop until those responsible for these deaths are in prison."
They have denounced the closure of the borders of Ceuta, Melilla and the Canary Islands, the continuing violations of human rights suffered in the long haul by the Moroccan army and are evaluating a meeting with Secretary of State Security since "In these acts correspond to a democratic state."
Finally, at the comment from a journalist on the violation of rights of national team also, they said: “Cuando yo me vine a España en el 92 fue una consecuencia de los programas de ajuste estructural en África. Estos programas quieren decir: no inversión en educación, no inversión en sanidad y en servicios sociales. Yo le explico a la gente que eso es lo que está pasando aquí, porque el sistema capitalista es voraz, empieza por las periferias, y ya está llegando aquí. La pobreza está aumentando, y ya hay niños que pasan hambre, está pasando lo mismo. Y si no lo entendemos así, poco podremos avanzar. Aquí se piensa: ah, no, lo que les pasa a los negros no va a pasar aquí, pero es un sistema global.”
After the intervention, declared: "Our struggle is for the benefit of society, like the collective struggle of black people in the United States was in favor of civil rights for all."
PRESS NETWORK OF AFRICAN ASSOCIATIONS IN MADRID:
Ceuta, UNATRAGEDIA FRONT OF OUR EYES
The tragedy in Ceuta is a serious matter that requires we join our voices in this release.
On February 6 fifteen people drowned near the beach Tarajal, they tried to flee the violent repression of the Spanish authorities.
The Spanish immigration policy since agreed protocols return migrants with Moroccan authorities to prevent the entry of potential immigrants and refugees.
The irregular administrative situation of the people we got to Europe puts us in a position of total vulnerability immigration crackdown. The aggression that our colleagues were victims last day 6 is compounded because, next to die at sea, the duty of care that all we have to offer regardless of who the person is, where it comes from or where it will be omitted.
Rather than assist them, they shot rubber bullets and tear gas while in the water.
Fifteen died. The rest were returned automatically, violating the principle of non-refoulement, Angle of refugee protection stone, and forced to compliance with the international community; It also violated the Spanish Immigration Law itself, forcing people to identify and open a single procedure before deportation.
These deaths and how to manage the events question the immigration and asylum policy of the European countries, as well as its policy of outsourcing the management of their borders to third countries such as Morocco.
To harden the border control and repression of migrants, there is clearly not only a physical boundary (between north and south) but also geopolitics (between Africa and Europe) and economic (between wealth and poverty).
These immigrant arrivals qualified human wave by some media, will be repeated until we cease conditions "expelled" from our hometownsDepriving Africa of its human capital in the most productive age.
Those who leave Africa chasing a better life for themselves and their families are younger. The exodus will continue as the main cause of migration is not addressed: the lack of opportunity and poverty to desertification and trade policies of the EU itself tripping over themselves to our countries. The same Europe that denied us entry, while exploit our resources and plunders our land.
La comunidad de las asociaciones de AFRICANOS en Madrid –ASOCIACIÓN DE LOS INMIGRANTES SENEGALESES EN ESPAÑA, ASOCIACIÓN DE LOS GAMBIANOS EN ESPAÑA, LA ASOCIACIÓN DE LOS CAMERUNESES, LA LIGAPANAFRICANA, LA ASOCIACIÓN DE MALIENSES y LA ASOCIACIÓN DE GUINEANOS – impulsores de esta rueda de prensa aprovechamos este momento de dolor, de esperanzas rotas para las familias de los fallecidos para denounce violence by the Civil Guard, which has resulted in the deaths of these young people, and also denounced attempts to conceal evidence of their performance by the Government.
Far from blame, express that some less blame is the one who tries to make a living away from their country, fleeing in many cases levels of violence that threaten their lives, after long journeys and get caught in Morocco in a permanent state of despair in no man's land.
Therefore request to be carried out an investigation to clarify the events in Ceuta.
– Reiteramos la necesidad de revisar los protocolos de actuación de la Guardia Civil y del ejército marroquí en la gestión de los flujos migratorios en frontera en base a la legislación española, europea e internacional que asegure los derechos humanos de las personas migrantes y solicitantes de asilo.
– Llamamos a los gobiernos africanos a reaccionar de manera formal y contundente ante esta situación, solicitando explicaciones a los gobiernos responsables de estos actos, y no con el silencio cómplice por respuesta.
– Proponemos que se celebre un encuentro internacional entre la Unión Africana y la Unión Europea para trabajar de forma conjunta en la elaboración de estrategias que incidan sobre una realidad que no va a dejar de existir por el hecho de usar la violencia en tierra y agua, colocar concertinas y elevar vallas.
Finally, we thank the solidarity that we have been receiving by hundreds of people and organizations of the Spanish society, showing us his will that the borders are managed with respect for life and human rights.
We also appreciate your presence at this conference, and the effort from some Spanish media have done for exposing the truth about what happened in Ceuta.
– Asociación de los Inmigrantes Senegaleses en España
– Asociación de los inmigrantes Gambianos en España
– Asociación de los Cameruneses en Madrid
– Asociación de los Guineanos de Madrid
– Asociación de los Malienses en la Comunidad de Madrid
– Comunidad de Somali en Madrid
– Liga Panafricana en España