Spain: The Southern Border. The State turns its back on the human rights of refugees and migrants

Index Number: EUR 41/008/2005

This report describes the situation of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants who entered Spain through its southern borders, in recent years. It deals with critical dimensions of the problem, including rescue at sea, reception on arrival, rights to adequate information, the provision of legal and interpretation assistance and access to fair procedures. In this document, based in part on witness testimonies, Amnesty International warns that migration policies agreed with other states and the absence of adequate safeguards, particularly in expulsion procedures, are not guaranteeing the principle of non-refoulement, enshrined in international law.

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