The assault on the Melilla border on June 24, which left more than thirty immigrants dead, far from having fallen into oblivion, has led to the formation of a bloc of parliamentary forces of which the minority partner is a part of the Government, United We Can, and the allies of the investiture to demand the creation of a commission in Congress to investigate “thoroughly” the violations of human rights, clarify the “responsibilities” of what happened and indicate “mechanisms for the practical reparation” of the victims.
The proposal, which has the signatures of United We Can, ERC, Bildu, BNG, Compromís, Más País and the CUP, aims to delve into the circumstances of the attempt to enter Spanish territory by immigrants in which “at least 37 people died and hundreds were injured as a result of police action” and they also focus on the Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, for the “supposed violations of the right to asylum and the principle of non-refoulement” by Spain.
In this sense, the signatory groups want to investigate the degree of compliance with Human Rights, clarifying the number of deceased and injured victims, as well as the identification procedures carried out by forensic experts and the medical, psychological and legal advice that has been provided. to the people who managed to jump the fence and were welcomed at the CETI in Melilla.
It also wants to investigate the “justification and proportion of force” used by the Spanish security forces, as well as their coordination of action with the Moroccan gendarmerie in order to specify their “compatibility with compliance with Human Rights.” This includes delving into the “passivity and/or collaboration” of the Spanish agents “before the incursion of Moroccan gendarmes to arrest people who were already in Spanish territory” as well as the permissiveness so that they could be returned to Moroccan territory “contravening the international law”.
The request of Sánchez’s partners also includes the objective of knowing if the border surveillance actions carried out by the Moroccan gendarmerie were financed by the Ministry of the Interior, detailing, where appropriate, the subsidies and funds transferred, and the existence or not of clauses of respect for human rights that condition the delivery of said funds.
In the statement of reasons that accompanies the demand for the creation of the commission, the parliamentary formations recall the request of the UN Committee on Migrant Workers, of June 28, urging Spain and Morocco to investigate “immediately and completely ” The causes of death of sub-Saharan immigrants. The spokesman for the United Nations Secretary General spoke in the same vein, assuming that both Spain and Morocco made “excessive use of force” and described such intervention as “unacceptable”.
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