HRW accuses Spain of migrant children abuse

The international human rights group Human Rights Watch is accusing two Spanish immigrant centres of ill-treatment and sexual abuse of minors arriving by boat from Africa, the daily El Pais said Thursday.

HRW accuses Spain of migrant children abuse
The international human rights group Human Rights Watch is accusing two Spanish immigrant centres of ill-treatment and sexual abuse of minors arriving by boat from Africa, the daily El Pais said Thursday.

The daily published an interview with Simone Troller, an investigator whose report Human Rights Watch was about to make public.

Spain's Canary Islands are constantly receiving boats carrying would-be immigrants from Africa, who frequently include boys younger than 18 years.

In 2006, the islands received more than 30,000 migrants.

Troller said abuses had been committed at a centre housing 200 minors on Tenerife and in another lodging 135 children in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Boys interviewed by Troller had spoken of beatings, sexual abuse - though not rape - and of being kept in confinement.

Troller did not give the names of her informants for fear that they could face reprisals.

But she said different boys had described similar situations in detail, and that some of them had scars or other visible signs of violence on their faces.

Local prosecutors had investigated the case without finding evidence to back Troller's claims, but she said they had only interviewed boys in group and without interpreters.

Human Rights Watch has called for a new investigation.

DPA

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