Mauritania: «Nobody wants to have anything to do with us» : Arrests and collective expulsions of migrants denied entry into Europe

Mauritania: «Nobody wants to have anything to do with us» : Arrests and collective expulsions of migrants denied entry into Europe

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Index Number: AFR 38/001/2008
Date Published: 1 July 2008
Categories: Mauritania, Spain

Since 2006, thousands of migrants, accused of setting out from Mauritania with the intention of entering the Canary Islands irregularly, have been arrested, then forcibly returned to Mali or Senegal without any right of appeal. This report sets out the main concerns of Amnesty International in relation to the treatment of migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers in Mauritania and puts forward recommendations to the Mauritanian authorities and the EU and especially the Spanish government, calling on them to ensure that the rights of these people are upheld in accordance with current international standards.


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