Statement by the factions of PNV, EH Bildu and Elkarrekin Podemos about what happened in Melilla


In addition to expressing their “dismay” and “firm complaint” about the events that took place last Friday on the border between Morocco and Spain, they are demanding an “immediate and independent” investigation to clarify what happened.

Euskaraz irakurri: EAJren, EH Bilduren and Elkarrekin Podemosen talde parliamentaryek Melillan gertatutakoa salatu dute

The parliamentary groups of PNV, EH Bildu and Elkarrekin Podemos have a this thursday joint statement in the Basque Parliament, making they have denounced what happened last friday june 24th at the gate of Melillaon the border between Morocco and Spain, where At least 23 people died (some NGOs have increased that figure to at least 37 fatalities) In addition, the above-mentioned political groups have asked for a Research “immediately and independently”, to clarify what happened.

In this regard, PNV, EH Bildu and Elkarrekin Podemos begin their statement by pointing out that Friday “one of the most serious humanitarian disasters in the history of the southern border of the Spanish state took place, in which, according to the NGO, dozens of people were injured. , when they tried to reach Melilla, with brutal images of violence, hot returns and serious violations of human rights by the immigration authorities. The three parliamentary groups continue to emphasize that “unacceptable statements of understanding and support for the actions carried out have been made by the Spanish president, describing the situation as “well resolved” by the Spanish and Moroccan security forces”.

So in the statement eight points, the groups express their “dismay and strong condemnation” at the events that took place on the Melilla border, “showing all our solidarity with the families of the people of sub-Saharan Africa killed or injured by the brutal police action .” In addition, they demand an “immediate and independent investigation to clarify the facts, clarify responsibilities and determine remedial measures for the victims”, as well as “the recovery, identification and repatriation to their country of origin of the bodies of the deceased , with respect for the wishes of the families.

PNV, EH Bildu and Elkarrekin Podemos simultaneously express their most outspoken rejection “of the current European and Spanish policies on migration and asylum, which revolve around the militarization and externalization of borders”, and demand “the establishment of legal and secure channels that guarantee the dignity and respect for the human rights of all migrants”.

“We believe”, they say, “that the European Union should have a coherent and common migration policy, and an asylum and protection policy based on respect for human rights.” They also emphasize that, in their view, “the responsibility and management of the migrants arriving at the borders should be common, accountable and supportive among the members of the EU”.

Finally, the emerging groups affirm themselves “in promoting migration policies based on human rights, against xenophobic discourses and authoritarian practices encouraged by far-right ideologies.”

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Source: EITB


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