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Morocco/Spain: Migrants deported to die in the desert

On 5 October 2005, the Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos de Andalucía and the Chabaka network of northern Morocco issued a call to condemn the serious violation of human rights that are being suffered by sub-Saharan migrants, most notably the deportation of hundreds of people to the Sahara desert which has resulted in between 12 and 16 deaths already. The statement also describes the situation of migrants in northern Morocco who are hiding in the depths of woods and surounded by the army as an emergency. The two organisations called on the UNHCR, the Red Cross and the European Parliament to intervene immediately, as well as criticising the fact that a repatriation agreement between Spain and Morocco dating back to 1992 for the return of non-nationals who have used Morocco as a transit country has been put into practice in these circumstances. They also lament the fact that the € 40m in funding that have been made available by the EU, will "certainly… not be used to relieve the humanitarian crisis that thousands of sub-Saharan Africans in Morocco are experiencing".

APDHA and Chabaka press statement, 5.10.2005; available at:


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