Rabat - The Democratic Confederation of Labor is denouncing the expulsion of African Migrants from Algeria and the xenophobic statements of Algerian officials against sub-Saharans.
Rabat – The Democratic Confederation of Labor is denouncing the expulsion of African Migrants from Algeria and the xenophobic statements of Algerian officials against sub-Saharans.
The Democratic Confederation of Labor, a Moroccan union that works for the rights of sub-Saharan migrants in Morocco, has denounced the deportation of African migrants from Algeria. The union has also expressed its shock at the racist remarks of an Algerian committee official on human rights, which “is supposed to preserve the rights of migrants and protect their dignity.”
In a statement released Tuesday, the union revealed that the Chairman of the Advisory Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in Algeria made racist statements against African migrants and displaced people and ”accused them of spreading lethal diseases in the community and diffusing AIDS and sexual diseases amid Algerian nationals.”
The union warned against these xenophobic statements as they could be turning these migrants into easy targets of “hate speech, harassment and violence in the community and create a culture of racial discrimination against them.”
These incidents, continues the communiqué, coincided with the celebration of Human Rights Day (December 10th) and preparations for International Migrants Day on December 18th. The union has declared that these days represent occasions to “assess the situations of migrants who are fleeing tragic circumstances as a result of poverty, war, extremism and environmental changes.”
The Democratic Confederation of Labor has called upon Algerian human rights and civil society organizations to protect the rights of migrants and to establish human rights mechanisms at the heart of Algeria’s immigration and asylum policy as well as to raise awareness of the positive societal contributions made by African migrants