HRW: Morocco still abuses migrants

2014-02-10 14:56


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Rabat - New York-based Human Rights Watch has criticised Morocco for the continued abuse of sub-Saharan migrants despite the announcement of a more humanitarian immigration policy.

The report released on Monday focused on migrants seeking to enter the Spanish enclave of Melilla on Morocco's coast. The report said abuses occur when security forces arrested migrants, and it faulted Spanish forces for excessive force.

Morocco announced a new immigration policy in September that would involve greater respect for human rights and include the option of residency for some migrants.

There are an estimated 25 000 sub-Saharan Africans living illegally in Morocco, most hoping to go to Europe.

Seven migrants drowned on Thursday while trying to swim around security forces blocking their way to Melilla.

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