Spain: Ombudsman demands immediate closure of the Arguineguín migrant camp to protect human rights

The Spanish Ombudsman (Defensor del Pueblo) has written to the interior ministry to demand the immediate closure of the camp set up by the government in the port of Arguineguín on Gran Canaria to host migrants who have arrived by sea. The Ombudsman says that the camp is putting people's physical integrity at risk, and people have been detained for longer than permitted by law. It would be possible for the Ombudsman to take legal proceedings in the case of inaction. The interior ministry insists it is working to dismantle the camp, which was set up following the recent arrival of large numbers of people via the crossing from West Africa.

Source: El Defensor del Pueblo pide a Interior el cierre inmediato del campamento de Arguineguín (Cadena Ser, link)

See: Atlantic Moria in the making in overcrowded Gran Canaria camp (Statewatch, 24 November 2020)


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