defending rights and civil liberties

Summary returns

On October 22, 2014, the Popular Party Parliamentary Group (Grupo Parlamentario Popular) tabled an amendment to the draft Law on Public Security that would modify Organic Law 4/2000 on the rights and freedoms of foreigners in Spain and their integration. The proposed change reads:

“Additional Disposition 10. Special regime for Ceuta and Melilla
Foreigners detected on the boundary line of the demarcation of Ceuta and Melilla attempting an unauthorized crossing of the border in a clandestine, flagrant or violent way, shall be rejected in order to prevent their illegal entry into Spain. ”

The Popular Party should drop immediately its plans to legalize summary returns from its enclaves in North Africa. Summary returns prevent asylum seekers from seeking the protection they need and deny all migrants a range of rights, the groups said. Sending people straight back to Morocco without any procedural safeguards is a clear breach of European and international human rights law.

For this reason, RIS and other national and international human rights groups are working to prevent the “legalization” of a practice that will still be illegal from the European and international law perspective.