The African Bar Association (AfBA) has strongly condemned the horrific murder of dozens of African migrants trying to cross from Morocco to Spain, via Melilla, a Spanish island.
The body noted that Melilla and Ceuta are the European Union’s only land borders with Africa and are protected by fortified fences with barbed wire and surveillance cameras.
In a statement released Thursday in Benin City, AfBA Chairman Hannibal Uwaifo through his Director of Strategic Communications Douglas Ogbankwa described the manner and manner in which the migrants were killed as horrific and inhumane. .
“The AfBA condemns the gruesome and unprovoked murder of dozens of African migrants who were killed with axes by Moroccan security agents as they tried to cross into Spain, through the Moroccan-Spanish land border and we qualify this action as a crime against humanity.
“The AfBA reaffirms that migrants, even if they were irregular migrants, have the right to be protected by international humanitarian law, to which Morocco has subscribed. Moroccan authorities acted like a rogue state and against international law by brutally annihilating unarmed African migrants.
The African Bar Association (AfBA) also deplored the silence of the European Union (EU) on this affair which smacks of selective hypocrisy.
“We call for the immediate suspension of Morocco from the African Union and all African multilateral organizations, including the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and other continental sports bodies”, said the instance.
He also called on all Africans to sever any type of connection or business with Morocco, including avoiding any flights to Morocco, or condescending with Moroccan airlines and consular services, in protest against the massacre and calling out the European Union for its palpable silence on this issue, aimed at covering up the bloody killings that took place on their border.
Usifo further disclosed that the AfBA will submit a formal petition against the Prime Minister of Morocco and other state actors, who authorized and participated in these killings to the International Criminal Court (ICC), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner United.
Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City