Five Years after the Deadly Push-Backs in Ceuta: Spanish-Moroccan Border Policies Today


04.02.2019, 18:30 Uhr

European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR)
Zossener Str. 55-58 (Staircase A, front house, 4th Floor), 10961 Berlin

Spanish-Moroccan border at El Tarajal/Ceuta © Photo: Metromuster/Observatori DESC

On 6 February 2014, at least 15 migrants and refugees died in the course of a brutal push-back operation by the Guardia Civil in the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. Five years later, no one has been held accountable for these deaths, though an investigation was opened. The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) assists survivors and witnesses in this process: despite attempts by Spanish courts to archive the case, an order was finally issued for survivors to be heard. Hearings are expected to take place soon.

In 2014, more migrants and refugees took cases against Spain to expose the arbitrariness of Spanish-Moroccan border policies. These cases, some of them supported by ECCHR, are still pending in front of the European Court of Human Rights and the UN Committee for the Rights of the Child. This was also possible thanks to the work and commitment of local organizations, in particular the Association Marocaine des Droits Humains.

At ECCHR, we wish to honor and commemorate those who succumbed in Ceuta at the beach of El Tarajal five years ago and discuss the situation of migrants and refugees in both Spain and Morocco today.


Omar Naji, heads the Nador section of the Association Marocaine des Droits Humains. He has documented human rights violations and supported migrants and refugees for over 15 years.

Paola Arenas Gómez, is an activist with both Alarm Phone and Emergencia Frontera Sur. As such, she monitors the activities of Spanish migration authorities, denounces human rights violations and assists migrants and refugees.

Maurice Stierl, researches on migration and borders at the University of Warwick in the UK. He is also an activist with the Alarm Phone.

Hanaa Hakiki, works in ECCHR’s Migration Program since 2014.

The event will be held in English, with available translation into French. The venue is wheelchair accessible.

Cet évènement est organisé en commémoration des victimes de Tarajal (Ceuta). La situation des migrants et réfugiés au Maroc et en Espagne aujourd'hui y sera discutée. Bien que l’évènement soit en anglais, un-e interprète en français sera disponible.

We look forward to welcoming you to this event and kindly ask you to register until 1 February 2019.(Please note that no confirmation will be sent.)

Photo: Spanish-Moroccan border at El Tarajal/Ceuta © Metromuster/Observatori DESC

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