Stop the hate crimes and deportations
Respect for the dignity of migrants
Sit-in on Thursday the 11th of September 2014 at 6pm in front of the parliament (Rabat)
Tangier is still making headlines with the brutal murder of Charles Paul Alphonse NDOR, a young Senegalese, 26, attacked with knives, August 30, 2014 in Boukhalef district, while several of his friends and countrymen were injured, attacked by dozens of aggressors without police intervention to protect the migrants.
Furthermore, dozens of migrants, going on the streets to show their grief and indignation, were arrested. 26 of them went on an emergency trial, within 72 hours, and were sentenced to one month in prison and a fine of 1000 dh. Other migrants were being held back, and instead of being released, twenty of them were deported from the Casablanca airport, while six others were detained in the basement of the airport, where they threatened to go on a hunger strike to protest against their detention, the threat of deportation, and the bad treatment they were subjected to.
While the Moroccan state announced their new policy on migration, where the Moroccan government committed to a humanitarian approach to the immigration issue, to respect the right to seek asylum and regularization of undocumented migrants, there has in the past year been six deaths of sub-Saharan migrants, as a result of racist attacks and police intervention, there has been an increase in assaults, in mass deportations, particularly between the North and the centre of Morocco, with constant deportations, which is creating a climate of terror, especially in the north of Morocco and around the enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla. Meanwhile the regularization turns out to be very slow, and has only allowed very few migrants, until now, to obtain residence permits, while UNHCR themselves rang the alarm bell because of how the Moroccan authorities managed the cases of asylum seekers.
It is in this poisonous context that these heinous and barbaric crimes took place, which reflect a racist hatred. This, the Moroccan government itself is responsible for, with the violence it exercises itself against the sub Saharan migrant community situated in a state of extreme poverty and lawlessness.
That is why we are here to offer our condolences to the family and friends of the victim, Charles NDOR and the entire sub-Saharan and Senegalese community residing in Morocco.
We condemn this racist and barbaric crime and call for the opening of a serious and thorough investigation that would identify the perpetrators and the people behind them and bring them to justice.
We condemn the attitude of the Moroccan government and security forces who are far from protecting a community subjected to racism, and who commit themselves violence and lawlessness. We urge them to respect all international treaties they have signed.
We condemn all forms of racism, discrimination and exclusion, and reaffirm our commitment to the values of inter cultural dialogue, solidarity and respect for human rights, dignity and integrity of every person residing in Morocco, whatever their nationality, religion or colour.
We call on all democratic organizations and citizens to join the sit-in that will be held Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 18h in front of the Parliament and the solidarity caravan that will be be held later in Tangier.
ALECMA, AMDH (Maroc), AMDH (Mauritanie ), A.S.M. Afrique Survie Migration, Association des Réfugiés Sans Frontières (Cameroun), ATTAC/CADTM Maroc, Conseil des Migrants Subsahariens au Maroc,Conseil des migrants de France, Joint Action for those Forced to EMigrate (JAFEM), Organisation de la diaspora africaine ( Pays- Bas), Papiers pour tous, SOS Migrants (Belgique) , Stiftung : do (Hambourg).