UNHCR and IOM mourn the deaths at the Melilla border

UNHCR and IOM mourn the deaths at the Melilla border

June 25. (EUROPA PRESS) –

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) have expressed this Saturday their “deep sadness and concern” for the death of at least 18 migrants in an attempt to cross the fence that separates Nador from Melilla.

“IOM and UNHCR urge the authorities to prioritize the safety of migrants and refugees, to refrain from excessive use of force and to uphold their human rights,” both organizations said in a joint statement.

In addition, they consider that “these violent events highlight more than ever the importance of finding lasting solutions for people in situations of displacement, in the spirit of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and the Global Compact for Refugees” .

IOM and UNHCR have also insisted on their call on the international community, in accordance with the principle of shared responsibility, to strengthen access to safe alternative routes to prevent refugees and migrants from having to resort to dangerous routes. This would reduce the risk of these “tragic” events being repeated in the future.

At least 18 migrants have died this Friday after the massive attempt by more than 2,000 sub-Saharans to cross the Melilla fence, according to a report by local Moroccan authorities.

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