Against the backdrop of attempts to escape minors and a strong denunciation of human rights associations, the authorities of the occupied president of Sebta continued the expulsion of unaccompanied minors to Morocco.
Operations to deport unaccompanied minors from the occupied town of Sebta continued for the third day in a row.
In accordance with an agreement between the Spanish authorities and their Moroccan counterparts, these operations began on Friday amid a wave of denunciation from human rights associations, in particular, Save the Children.
” The Spanish authorities must ensure that children who have entered its territory of “Ceuta” (Sebta, Editor’s note) these last days are protected and have not been returned illegally to Morocco “, Urged Save the Children.
The director of advocacy at this INGO, which defends the rights of the child around the world, Catalina Perazzo, clarified that “These children must be protected immediately and their needs must be assessed to identify the most vulnerable among them and ensure that they receive the support they need. Many children are fleeing conflicts, attacks or poverty made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic ”.
The expulsion of minors denounced by NGOs
“The Spanish authorities must ensure that children are not turned away across the border, but that they fulfill their legal obligations to take in children who have crossed Spanish and European territory. They must, together with the EU, develop a child-friendly border mechanism. They must, together with other EU countries, develop a comprehensive migration policy that does not depend on containment and impose responsibility on African countries ”, underlined Catalia Perazzo.
“The Spanish and European approaches should strengthen legal and secure migration routes and common mandatory mechanisms for sharing responsibilities, in order to ensure rapid responses to these situations. At the same time, governments must work with countries of origin and provide all children with a quality education and the chance for a better life ”, she argued.
The deportation process continues, ignoring the wave of denunciations from human rights associations as well as the expressed will of some children, some sixty of whom have tried to escape, preferring the streets of Sebta rather than returning. in Morocco, according to local media.
Prosecutor’s investigation ignored
Recall that an investigation was opened on Saturday by the public prosecutor of Sebta to elucidate the circumstances in which the Ministry of the Interior returns these groups of children to Morocco.
The public prosecutor of the occupied president of Sebta was not informed of the project of expelling minors to Morocco, and that they were satisfied with the sending of a simple message qualified as “general procedure” which did not specify the conditions, nor the number of children concerned, nor the time and circumstances of their return to Morocco, contrary to what the law provides, reports the Spanish daily ABC.
“The expulsion of Moroccan minors is taking place in great confusion, and without consulting the public prosecutor”, underlines the same source, noting that several Spanish NGOs were in contact with the authorities of Sebta to organize the process of return of these. children in the best conditions.
Several Spanish associations have criticized the expulsions, stressing that they violate the law, and do not take into account the best interests of the child, which does not necessarily lie in the return to his country or his family, but can be obtained in the country of arrival or a third country.
According to El Pais, the children will be received in a center for minors in Martil, and their rights will be guaranteed until they are reunited with their families.
The Moroccan cooperation with the Spanish part intervenes in execution of the royal order of last June 1st to settle “definitively settled” the question of Moroccan minors in an irregular situation in Europe.