THE MALAGA BAR ASSOCIATION has celebrated the International Day of Human Rights.
Attendees read out extracts of the 1948 Universal Declaration, the document written after the end of the Second World War to protect human rights, as well as discussing areas for growth.
Francisco Javier Lara, the association’s dean, explained all countries still had issues surrounding, “attention to immigrants and refugees and inequalities of all kinds, many of which are manifested with special cruelty when they affect women.” He added more than 1,900 people had risked “their lives at sea” to reach the province and confirmed the Malaga Bar Association was committed to defending their rights.
Meanwhile, last month a councillor urged the central government to make other arrangements for illegal immigrants.Mercedes Montero is asking the government to open a new, permanent prison for those who illegally reach Spain’s shores by boat after it was claimed Archidona’s Local Police headquarters are being used to hold around 500 immigrants.
The councillor explained she had spoken to the Security of State for Security and, “he has assured me that they will be held for a maximum of 40 days and that another jail will be opened in January as promised.”
The Malaga Bar Association also met in August to discuss rising immigration levels.The group has appointed a panel of experts to analyse the situation and “make proposals to the relevant administrations, as the situation is increasingly worrying,” according to one lawyer, Francisco Javier Lara.
Mr Lara said the association will “from now on work to coordinate” with other towns which also attract immigrants, including Cadiz, Almeria and Granada. He explained he was also looking in to liaising with bodies in Italy and Morocco to create “a kind of congress of the Mediterranean” and address “this phenomenon, how the situation is and what it takes the means and legislation to make a proposal to administrations, including Europe.”
Since July, the Malaga Bar Association has put emphasis on helping foreigners who arrive in Spain by boat, since many of them claim asylum. Around 300 lawyers have now received training in immigration law to deal with the influx of cases.
Mr Javier Lara has now written to the Junta de Andalucia demanding the premises be improved after the infestation and highlighting the problems posed by transferring detainees between three courts located in different buildings on Avenida Palma de Mallorca.