Human Rights Watch accuses Spain of breaching rights of African migrant children

26th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

26 July 2007, MADRID - Hundreds of migrant African children are being mistreated and neglected bySpanish authorities at holding centres on the Canary Islands, a U.S. human rightsgroup said on Thursday.

26 July 2007

MADRID - Hundreds of migrant African children are being mistreated and neglected by
Spanish authorities at holding centres on the Canary Islands, a U.S. human rights
group said on Thursday.

More than 900 migrant children, aged 10 to 17, have been kept for the past year in
four emergency centres on the islands, located off the coast of West Africa. Most of
the children are from Senegal and Morocco.

The New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a special report that many of the
children's basic human rights were being ignored.

They were often kept in overcrowded and poor conditions, without access to
education, health care or sufficiently sanitary food, according to the report,
titled Unwelcome Responsibilities.

Though technically migrant children are not allowed under Spanish law to be
detained, "they are kept in almost prison-like conditions", said Simone Troller,
Europe children's rights researcher for Human Rights Watch and author of the
report.

"They are not allowed to leave the centres on their own. They have to stay in the
compounds, and sometimes you have young children mixed with old children," Troller
told The Associated Press.

The children were among some 30,000 immigrants who arrived illegally in the Canary
Islands last year aboard packed fishing boats from north and West Africa in hopes of
finding better economic opportunities in Europe.

(Copyright AP with Expatica)

Subject: Spanish News

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