Nador assault: The MDDH recalls the principle of co-responsibility and calls for an investigation

The Mediator for Democracy and Human Rights (MDDH) reacted to the events in Nador, the scene last Friday of a violent assault by sub-Saharans at the Melilla fence.

In a statement, the Institution claims to have followed ” with deep sadness and concern, the tragic event resulting from the attempt to cross the passage separating the city of Nador and the enclave of Melilla on Friday morning, June 24″.

“This event involved heavy losses in terms of deaths and more or less serious injuries since 23 people were killed, 76 people injured among migrants in an irregular administrative situation and 140 injured among members of the police, including 5 qualified as serious »recalls the Mediator for Democracy and Human Rights.

In this sense, he marks his humanitarian solidarity with the victims, compassion for the dead, and speedy recovery of the wounded, both migrants in an irregular administrative situation and members of the public order forces, calling for the intensification of efforts for the care of the injured

He further considers, the criminal networks of human trafficking as responsible and draws attention at the same time to the tort liability of international partners and to the non-application of the principle of co-responsibility in the management of the migration issue”which requires, he says, “a watch and an investigation to determine the responsibilities of the various parties concerned”.

The MDDH also formulates recommendations, relating in particular to the following points:

• Updating and activating the national immigration and asylum strategy as well as facilitating the integration of migrants in accordance with the human rights-based approach

• Promulgation of the new law on the entry and stay of foreigners, as well as the law relating to asylum in accordance with Morocco’s international obligations and more particularly the outputs of the International Charter for Safe and Regular Migration ratified in Marrakech in 2018, and the New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants

• Overcoming the institutional ambiguity that characterizes the management of migration policy, particularly after the abolition in 2019 of the ministerial department responsible for it, in order to ensure the completion of reforms related to this area.


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