(MENAFN) The UN Committee on Migrant Workers urged the Moroccan and Spanish administrations to lead an immediate and thorough probe into dozens of asylum seeker deaths at the frontier.
“We are appalled by the deaths of these migrants who intended to cross the border to seek a better life based on their legitimate human rights,” it stated.
On Friday, almost 2,000 refugees took the militarized frontier fence to cross the Spanish enclave of Melilla from Morocco. NGOs claim that violent police reaction and a shortage of medical treatment caused the death of 37 people.
“It is yet to be determined whether the victims died falling from the fence, in a stampede, or as a result of any actions taken by the border control officers,” as claimed by the UN committee in its declaration, calling for a probe.
The declaration also read “Based on the information we have gathered, we remind all states that migrants shall not be subjected to any cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
States must also guarantee that all policies and practices at borders effectively respect all human rights obligations, ensuring the right to life, dignity, security and physical integrity of migrants in all circumstances.”
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