Jan 31, 2023

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Kenya weighs in on Melilla ‘brutality’ against African migrants

Kenya says last week’s incident in Melilla, on the Morocco-Spain border, where dozens of African migrants trying to cross to Europe were crushed to death, is another signal of “inequality” in the country treatment of refugees from the continent.

At the UN Security Council on Wednesday, Kenya said the incident was the latest reminder that African refugees are still being treated differently in Europe, even though countries have signed global refugee laws.< /p>

“We have observed The Security Council and its members express grave concern at the fate of refugees from other conflicts. The latest and most dramatic case is the result of the war in Ukraine. We believe that Africans fleeing war and insecurity in their countries deserve the same attention,” said Dr. Martin Kimani, Kenya’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations. He taught a media sting on Wednesday night after Kenya requested an AOB (all other business) meeting to discuss the incident Fiercest and fugitives wherever they may be. We reiterate our call for the promotion and protection of the rights of people of African descent by all countries, without exception.”

Hundreds of migrants from Africa attempted to scale the Morocco-Morocco border fence last Friday in Melilla, the Spanish enclave on mainland Africa. Reports show that the ensuing chaos after Moroccan guards fired tear gas at them led to a stampede and scramble that killed at least 24 migrants. Human rights groups in the region reported seeing 37 bodies with several dozen injured migrants.

African Union Commission Chair Moussa Faki Mahamat condemned the incident and said the AU is calling for a proper investigation into the incident , which he described as “degrading” for African migrants.

“I call for an immediate investigation into the matter and remind all countries of their obligations under international law to treat all migrants with dignity and to prioritize their safety and human rights while they refrain from using excessive force,” Mr Faki said on Monday.

The incident has both Morocco’s reputation as an African country, given that it is its border guards who fired on the migrants, and Spain’s record of the treatment of migrants.

The erected fence is six meters high and is intended to keep out illegal immigrants. In 2014, several migrants were killed after Spanish border guards fired tear gas at their boat.

After the council meeting, the Kenyan diplomat told the media in New York that the migrant problem was the result of a failed policy with conflicts in Africa and a problem of strife in Africa caused by countries closing their doors to those fleeing difficulties.

“We call on the European Union and the African Union to make every effort to ensure this movement to Europe is safe and dignified for a number of reasons, some of which have to do with its history with Africa.

“The young Africans making this journey do so for different reasons . Some are economic migrants trying to survive their livelihoods devastated by the effects of climate change.

“Others are fleeing the foreign fighters and arms that poured out of Libya following the Security Council-sanctioned intervention in 2011 “There are those fleeing terrorist groups in the Sahel sanctioned by the Council who are fighting with a peacekeeping force,” he said.

The influx of migrants from Africa has been a subject of international debate in last time. Two years ago, the UN Human Rights Council passed a resolution on the “fundamental freedoms of Africans and people of African descent” against brutality by law enforcement officials.

Kenya said Moroccan guards violated the resolution.

< p>“Tragically, this was not an isolated case. It is part of a worrying trend in recent years that people of African descent traveling to Europe via the Mediterranean Sea are suffering extreme human rights abuses. Thousands have died, thousands more have been sold into slavery and many more have been violently attacked.”