Senegal rights body slams expulsion of citizens from Spain

10th September 2011, Comments 0 comments

A Senegalese rights body on Friday criticised the "mass expulsion" of the country's citizens from Spain, three days after 47 Senegalese nationals were kicked out of the country.

"The Senegalese Human Rights League (SHRL) calls on Senegalese authorities to protest the massive expulsion of Senegalese migrants by Spain," said coordinator Assane Dioma Ndiaye in a statement sent to AFP.

While a country had the right to rule on foreigner's rights to stay in its territory, international law prohibited mass expulsion, she added.

A source at the interior ministry confirmed that 47 Senegalese expelled from Spain had arrived in the country on Tuesday morning, but would not comment on the motive.

Senegal has long been one of the main departure points for illegal immigrants heading to Europe.

However numbers of illegal immigrants from Senegal have declined as a result of a European operation called Frontex established in 2006 to stop illegal immigration, as well as several bilateral agreements with European countries.

© 2011 AFP

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