Immigration: Amnesty denounces use of force in Ceuta,Melilla

Madrid doesn't cooperate with probes,few asylum requests granted

25 February, 12:52

    (ANSAmed) - MADRID, FEBRUARY 25 - The Spanish government is not investigating reports of excessive use of force against migrants by border police in Ceuta and Melilla and is not cooperating in the case regarding the death of 14 people on the beach of El Tarajal on February 6 last year for which 16 Guardia Civil officers are investigated, Amnesty International denounced on Wednesday. The rights group presented its annual report in Madrid with the head of the organization in Spain, Esteban Beltran.

    Amnesty called on the Spanish government to change its asylum policies and noted that in 2014 Madrid granted international protection only to 27 out of four million Syrians who left the war-torn country, while 1,500 others ''are illegally detained in Ceuta and Melilla'' in temporary holding centers for foreigners.

    In the report's chapter dedicated to Spain, Amnesty denounced limits on freedom of expression and information stemming from laws approved by the PP government, like one on security dubbed 'gag law', and a reform of criminal laws that has raised the concern of international organizations including the UN.

    (ANSAmed).

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