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Late one night a group left behind their makeshift camp on Mount Gourougou in Morocco and headed towards the border fence structure in Melilla to enter Spain. It was August 13, 2014 and among the group were N.D. from Mali and N.T. from the Ivory Coast. As soon as they climbed up onto the border fences, they were stopped by the Spanish Guardia Civil and violently pushed back to Morocco – without access to any legal procedures or protection.
“I cannot accept that humans can treat humans like that. What I would like to see from this Court is that justice exists – even for those who are poor, vulnerable and do not have a voice.” – N.D.
The film, ‘The Gourougou Trial’, is a compelling and disturbing portrayal of N.D. and N.T.’s story as they demand their right to have rights in front of the European Court of Human Rights, with the support of ECCHR. The film follows the twists and turns of this legal struggle, documenting the proceedings in the Strasbourg courtroom and deconstructing the much-criticised judgment. After a first positive decision in 2017, the Court’s Grand Chamber then found Spain’s pushback practice had not violated the human rights of N.D. and N.T. in a final judgment in February 2020 which dismissed their complaint.
“A case that puts Europe’s core values and the future of rights throughout the continent to the test.” – Simon Casal (film director).
You can watch the full trailer here: The Gourougou Trial - Trailer (ENG) on Vimeo
On November 17th – 2 days before the Netflix premiere – ECCHR will be showing a preview screening of the documentary at Heimathafen Neukölln in Berlin. We invite you to join us for the screening and to hear a discussion about the film and the current situation at the borders in Melilla and Ceuta with Hanaa Hakiki (ECCHR), Abou Bakar Sidibé (activist and filmmaker) and Christian Jakob (TAZ journalist). The panel will be moderated by ECCHR’s Claire Tixeire.
Heimathafen Neukölln, Studio on the second floor (not wheelchair accessible)
Tickets are free of charge but seating is limited so do reserve a ticket by November 10th 2022.