03 July 2008

migrants continue to face illegal arrest in mauritania...

there are credible reports that irregular migrants trying to reach europe are being arrested, ill-treated and collectively expelled from mauritania without opportunity to challenge the decision...

published on tuesday 1 july amnesty international's report, mauritania: nobody wants anything to do with us, arrests and collective expulsions of migrants denied entry into europe, says that sometimes migrants aren’t even sent back to their own home countries...

since 2006, thousands of migrants accused of setting out from mauritania with the intention of entering europe via spain’s canary islands, have been arrested...

many of those people have been held in a detention centre at nouadhibou in northern mauritania...some have been ill-treated by members of the mauritanian security forces...

nationals of west african countries say they have been arbitrarily arrested in the street or at home and accused, apparently without any evidence, of intending to travel to spain...

according to the national security service, 3,257 people were held in the centre in 2007, all were then sent to senegal and mali, regardless of their nationality or country of origin...these people are left at the border, often without much food and with no means of transport...salvatore sagu├Ęs, amnesty international’s west africa researcher, said that:
“This policy of arrests and collective expulsions by the Mauritanian authorities is the result of intense pressure exerted on Mauritania by the European Union (EU), and Spain in particular, as they seek to involve certain African countries in their attempt to combat irregular migration to Europe.”
amnesty international is calling on the e.u. and its member states, most notably spain, to take responsibility for ensuring that migrants are treated according to international human rights standards...said sagues:
“EU states are using countries such as Mauritania to manage the flow of migrants who attempt to reach Europe from their territory. They have become the de facto ‘policemen of Europe."
peace out <3

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