The 37 dead and hundreds injured on the side of migrants as well as on the side of the Moroccan security forces are a tragic symbol of European policies of externalization of the borders of the European Union (EU), with the complicity of a country of the South , the Morocco. The death of these young Africans at the borders of “Fortress Europe” alerts us to the murderous nature of security cooperation in the area of immigration between Morocco and Spain.
The premises of the drama of this Friday, June 24 were announced several weeks ago. The campaigns of arrests, raids in the camps, forced displacements targeting migrants in Nador and its region were the precursors of this drama written in advance. The resumption of security cooperation on migration between Morocco and Spain, in March 2022, had the direct consequence of multiplying coordinated actions between the two countries.
These actions are marked by violations of the human rights of migrants both in the north (Nador, Tetouan and Tangier) and in the south of Morocco (Laâyoune, Dakhla). The horrors of this sad day are the consequences of a planned pressure against the exiled people.
For more than a year and a half, migrants from Nador have been deprived of access to medicine and health care
The concept of “care work” refers to a set of material and psychological practices intended to provide a concrete response to the needs of others and of a community (including ecosystems). We prefer the concept of care to that of “domestic” or “reproduction” work because it integrates the emotional and psychological dimensions (mental load, affection, support), and it is not limited to the “private” and free aspects by including also paid activities necessary for the reproduction of human life.
their camps were burned and their property looted, their meager food destroyed and even the little drinking water they had in the camps confiscated.
These punitive expeditions led to a spiral of violence on both sides. A violence that can be condemned whatever its origins, but which recalls the systemic violence that migrants in Nador have been subjected to for years by both Spanish and Moroccan law enforcement agencies. These practices have been condemned on numerous occasions by national, regional and UN authorities.
Faced with this new tragedy at the borders, and taking into account the scale of the human toll which will unfortunately increase, the signatory organizations of this declaration announce the following:
- We express our deepest condolences to the families of the victims, among the migrants as well as in the ranks of the police.
- We condemn the lack of rapid care for injured migrants, which increases the toll.
- We demand that adequate and quality health care be provided to all those hospitalized as a result of this tragedy.
- We demand that the Moroccan authorities identify and return the remains of the victims to their families, in cooperation with the migrant communities.
- We demand the immediate opening of an independent judicial investigation both on the Moroccan and Spanish side, as well as on the international level, to shed light on this human drama.
- We demand an end to the criminal policies funded by the European Union and its many accomplices, the States, certain international organizations and several civil society organizations that subcontract these criminal policies.
- We call on the diplomatic representations of African countries present in Morocco to fully assume their responsibilities in terms of protecting their nationals, instead of being complicit in current policies.
- We call on human rights organizations and migrant rights movements to mobilize at this critical moment when the right to life is more than ever in danger.
June 25, 2022, Rabat.
- The Platform of Sub-Saharan Associations and Communities in Morocco (P. ASCOMS)
- Caminando Fronteras
- ATTAC CADTM Morocco
- Association for the Assistance of Migrants in Vulnerable Situations – Morocco (AMSV)
- AMDH/ The Moroccan Association for Human Rights
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