By Fortune Abang
Hangzhou (China), July 2, 2022 The African Diaspora Congress (ADC) has called for an investigation into the alleged mistreatment and death of African migrants on the Spanish-Moroccan border.
ADC, a coalition of African and African Diaspora groups worldwide, made the call in a communique issued on Saturday by the Secretary-General of ADC, Prof. Apollos Nwauwa.
The coalition described as worrisome the publicised videos and photos showing the alleged maltreatment of 23 African men at the Melilla-Morocco border on June 24, 2022.
“The reports showed African migrants were alleged to have been slaughtered by combined forces of Spanish and Moroccan security agents, as they attempted to cross the border into Spain.
“ADC is appalled by this troubling incident and hereby calls on the UN Human Rights Commission, the governments of Morocco, Spain, and the African Union (AU) to investigate the matter.
“As a matter of urgency, to ascertain the truth, make the report public and hold the perpetrators accountable.
“African Diaspora and the global community cannot afford to stand aloof and watch the persistent mistreatment of peoples of African descent in different parts of the world.
“Recent reprehensible experiences of Africans at European borders as they fled the war in Ukraine serves as a reminder of continuing disregard of the rights and dignity of black people globally,” it said.
The organisation said it was disheartening to note that African refugees and migrants were still being treated with contempt, especially by European and Latin American countries in spite of the Geneva Convention of 1951 on Refugees.
“Why is it easy to abandon terms of the Geneva Convention of 1951 on Refugees, which outlines rights of displaced people, and the legal obligations of nations and states to protect Africans, yet, we are quick to condemn discrimination, mistreatment, and deaths when they occur elsewhere?
“If it is confirmed that Spain enabled the death of these migrants, the global community and organisations must ensure the country is held responsible. Same goes for Morocco.
“Observers see Morocco as a stable and progressive economy in Africa and, therefore, do not expect an African country to be implicated in horrific acts against fellow Africans.
“ADC demands urgent investigation of this incident to expose the perpetrators and hold them accountable for despicable acts in line with international law and conventions,” ADC added.
The congress urged Morocco, Spain, and global community to follow-up the matter with the urgency it deserves to prevent a recurrence..