Apr 7, 2008, 9:56 AM
Human rights activists currently attending the three-day NGOs Forum have raised serious concern about the recent mass expulsion of migrants from Mauritanian to
They called on state parties to respect and uphold the provisions enshrined in the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights,’ as well as international instruments on the rights of migrants and refugees.
It was organized on the sidelines of the human rights forum by Justice Without Borders for Migrants (JWBM) in partnership with the African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies (ACDHRS) and the sub-committee on Migrant rights at the NGO forum.
Held under the theme: “human rights violation during refoulment and displacement of migrants in
The goal of this special event is to highlight recent violations of migrants’ rights in specific African countries and transnational events underway; and explore legal means by which migrants in Africa can be effectively protected in the context of the
It further aimed to engaged the NGOs community and media on the means by which migrants can be effectively protected in the African context, as well as explore strategies to mainstream key issues among all stakeholders, including the working group on refugees, displaced persons and migrants and the members of the African Commission.
Sara Prestianni, international coordinator of justice without borders for migrants, who briefly spoke at the event said the recent mass expulsion of sub Saharan African migrants from
She feel worried that human rights violations increase during refoulment and expulsion of African migrants, adding that the forum will seek to further protect the rights of migrants.
Four human rights defenders and advocates took part in the forum.
Hannah Forster, the Executive Director of the ACDHRS said the recent happenings in
First to share his experience and ideas was the Mr. Brahima Koni, the chairman of the international union of human rights and member of the board of the ACDHRS, whose discussion was entirely base on the Malian crises and the situation of migrants in northern
“The problem confronting
This displacement follows violations of human rights in Gidawo, Goa, and
He added that the problem was aggravated by two factors, and that they were informed during the capture of
“In Timbuktu where Sharia law was instituted, there were many abuses which also resulted in displacement, with 90,000 people leaving Mali to go south wards, and over 200,000 people left Mali to other countries, especially in Mauritania, and Bukina-Faso.”
He said the migrant’s fundamental rights have been violated, and schooling of many children prevented due to the conflict.
He called for intervention in order to help these people in distress.
Niane Yousouf, advocate and lawyer of a human rights organization in Mauritania (ANDH) also addressed the forum on situation in Mauritanian, saying that migrants in Mauritanian face difficulties to cross from
The migration law and policy in Mauritian is harsh, which gives rise to arbitrary arrest and detention of migrants from sub-Saharan
Even some Mauritanians are victims of the illegal arrests, especially the black Mauritanians.
He said the detentions are arbitrary and illegal because
Momodou Konate, legal adviser of the Malian Association of Expelled people (AME) and member of JSFM said massive deportation of migrants are very frequent in Mauritanian, and that this was not the first time it has happened.
“In 2010, we led a joint mission to Mali- Mauritanian border, and the mission wrote an indicting report against
He said these deportations are against the African Charter, and urged the government to maintain the position of the charter and stop violating it.
Other panelists included the representative of the
They accused governments of not protecting the rights of migrants, saying that governments must uphold the principles of the African Charter.
For the Moroccan representative, abuse of migrants is still a case in