Friday, November 02, 2007

Rights group denounces arrest of asylum seekers in Morocco

A human rights group, Migreurop Network, on Tuesday denounced the arrest of asylum seekers from sub-Saharan Africa in Morocco and called for their immediate release.

In a release issued in Paris, Migreurop Network said on 26 October, 2007 at least 100 people were arrested by Moroccan police and transported to Rabat and Oujda.

It said among those arrested were refugees and asylum seekers who had been freed earlier. It added that others were tranpsorted by bus to Oujda and then to the Algerian border .

Migreurop Network called on Morocco to deliver on its commitments, including the provisions of the United Nations Convention Against Torture, and not to send migrants to a country where they could be given bad treatment.

They said the deportation of migrants and asylum seekers to the Algerian frontier was a violation of the law, adding that every migrant must enjoy basic human rights.


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