More than 100 organizations will propose measures for the dignified treatment of migrants who died or disappeared at sea and their families


They propose the creation of a single information office within the office of the mediator, for global attention to families, and a DNA bank connected to Interpol.

They describe this intervention as “absolutely necessary” to avoid the suffering of thousands of migrants over the past three decades.

The Andalusian Association for Human Rights (APDHA), together with more than a hundred other organizations, presented a document on “Measures for the dignified treatment of people who died or disappeared during migratory journeys and their families”, on the occasion of today’s commemoration of All Saints’ Day and the 34th anniversary of the arrival of the first corpse of a person attempting to migrate to Spain, on November 1, 1988. Since then, l he organization has documented the death or disappearance of more than 12,000 people.

This document, which will be sent to the Ombudsman, the Spanish government and the leaders of the parliamentary groups, is a new step in the #VidasSinRastro campaign, which has been underway since last May, when the organizations sent the Ombudsman and the government a list of requests. “Such is the odyssey, the legal and administrative void that families face, and so great is the suffering and helplessness that this lack of mechanisms causes, that we have prepared a specific program with the necessary measures for the dignified treatment of the dead and missing and their families on the southern border,” explains the Andalusian Human Rights Association (Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos de Andalucía).

Among the measures presented, the creation of a Single Information Office for Relatives stands out. “This is an office which would be organically framed within the structure of the Mediator and which should ensure global attention in the accompaniment and support of families in the denunciation, search and location of their loved ones, as well as than in the process of identifying deceased persons”, underlines the APDHA.

“One of the main problems that we have detected”, underlines the organization, “is the absence of access mechanisms for those who are looking for people who have started the migratory journey to Spain. The language barrier , bureaucratic difficulties and the multiplicity of bodies make this research practically impossible”.

This is why they will propose the creation of this one-stop shop, which relatives could access via a website, by telephone or by e-mail, and which would be accompanied by Management Units located in the main areas of arrival of migrants. . These management units would compile the information in the arrival areas to transmit it to the single office, adds APDHA.

This is not the only measure considered by the hundred or so organizations. They will also set up a DNA bank, linked to the I-Family system recently created by Interpol, improve repatriation agreements or establish a new legal framework for declarations of absence or death concerning migrants.

“Despite the growing death toll on the southern border, nothing has been done by state authorities to provide adequate, comprehensive and dignified treatment to these people and their families,” the organization’s officials say. . “This program of measures is absolutely necessary to change the reality that migrants and their families have suffered for more than three decades,” they conclude.


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