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02 Mar 2015 description

Spain - Floods
• Snow melt is causing the increase of river levels in north-eastern Spain, including Navarra, Aragon and Basque Country, with one fatality in Navarra, as of 26 February. The Spanish CP has issued alerts for river increase and floods and has activated the Copernicus EMS.

25 Feb 2015 description

SUMMARY

A total of 99 new confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) were reported in the week to 22 February. Guinea reported 35 new confirmed cases. Cases continue to arise from unknown chains of transmission.

19 Feb 2015 description

San Salvador - El Sistema de la Integración Centroamérica (SICA) y el Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD), con el apoyo de la Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID), firmaron hoy el acuerdo para iniciar la implementación del proyecto “Seguridad Integral y Prevención de la Violencia que afecta a niños, niñas, adolescentes y jóvenes en Centroamérica”.

18 Feb 2015 description

SUMMARY

  • A total of 128 new confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) were reported in the week to 15 February. Guinea reported 52 new confirmed cases – a decrease from the previous week, and the first week-to-week decline since January 25. Transmission remains widespread in Sierra Leone, with 74 new confirmed cases, and is most intense in the capital, Freetown, which reported 45 confirmed cases. Liberia reported 2 new confirmed cases in the 4 days to 12 February.

11 Feb 2015 description

Madrid, Espagne | AFP | mercredi 11/02/2015 - 18:34 GMT

La justice a convoqué 16 gardes civils dans l'enquête sur la mort d'une quinzaine de migrants qui tentaient de gagner à la nage l'enclave espagnole de Ceuta au Maroc en février 2014, a-t-on appris mercredi de source judiciaire.

11 Feb 2015 description

Madrid, Spain | AFP | Wednesday 2/11/2015 - 19:53 GMT

A Spanish court has summoned 16 police for questioning over the deaths of 15 Africans who drowned swimming towards Spain as officers fired rubber bullets, authorities said on Wednesday.

A judge in the Spanish territory of Ceuta which borders Morocco summoned the 16 members of the Civil Guard military police for questioning to assess whether they could be responsible for the migrants' deaths, judicial authorities said in a statement.

11 Feb 2015 description

SUMMARY

  • Total weekly case incidence increased for the second consecutive week, with 144 new confirmed cases reported in the week to 8 February. Guinea reported a sharp increase in incidence, with 65 new confirmed cases compared with 39 the week before. Transmission remains widespread in Sierra Leone, which reported 76 new confirmed cases, while the resurgence in cases in the western district of Port Loko continued for a second week. Liberia continues to report a low number of new confirmed cases.

09 Feb 2015 description

Salé, Maroc | AFP | lundi 09/02/2015 - 21:34 GMT

Le Maroc a démantelé l'an dernier "plus d'une centaine de réseaux de trafics d'être humains" entre l'Afrique et l'Europe, dans le cadre de la lutte contre l'immigration clandestine, a affirmé lundi soir un haut responsable marocain.

"Dans le cadre de la lutte contre la traite des êtres humains, nous avons démantelé plus d'une centaine de réseaux" en 2014, a indiqué à l'AFP le ministre délégué auprès du ministre de l'Intérieur, Charki Draiss.

09 Feb 2015 description
report Amnesty

The Spanish authorities’ failure to properly investigate the drowning of 14 migrants off the coast of Ceuta after the Civil Guard opened fire with large rubber bullets highlights the deplorable disregard for human life at Spain’s borders with Morocco, said Amnesty International on the anniversary of the tragedy.

“One year on from this tragic incident, victims and their families are still waiting for justice, while the investigation has been blocked and stalled,” said Irem Arf Rayfield, Amnesty International’s Researcher on Refugee and Migrants' Rights in Europe.

06 Feb 2015 description
report Amnesty

El hecho de que las autoridades españolas no hayan investigado debidamente el ahogamiento de 14 migrantes frente a la costa de Ceuta después de que la Guardia Civil abriese fuego contra ellos con balas de goma de gran calibre pone de relieve el lamentable menosprecio hacia la vida humana que impera en las fronteras de España con Marruecos, ha declarado Amnistía Internacional en el aniversario de la tragedia.

06 Feb 2015 description

February 5, 2015 by Helena Maleno Garzón

The Spanish cities of Ceuta and Melilla, which sit not in Spain but on the coast of Morocco, are the only two places where the European Union shares a land border with an African country. As such, these Spanish enclaves have the most heavily guarded borders in the EU to keep out African migrants.

On occasion, large groups of African citizens—most of them fleeing war and poverty—will attempt to reach Spanish soil through Ceuta or Melilla. It was such an attempt one year ago that ended in an easily preventable tragedy.

05 Feb 2015 description

Brussels, Madrid, 5 February 2015 – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and the Jesuit Migrant Service (JMS) Spain call for safe and legal access to Europe one year after 14 people died during a confrontation with Spanish border guards near Ceuta. The Tarajal tragedy serves as a stark reminder that Spain along with other European Union member states are a long way off respecting the human dignity of forced migrants.

05 Feb 2015 description

Bruselas, Madrid, 5 de febrero de 2015 – El Servicio Jesuita a Refugiados (JRS) y el Servicio Jesuita a Migrantes (SJM) España hacen un llamamiento en favor de un acceso seguro y legal a Europa un año después de que catorce personas murieran durante un enfrentamiento con la guardia de fronteras española cerca de Ceuta. La tragedia de Tarajal es un dramático recordatorio de que España, junto con otros países de la Unión Europea, aún dista mucho de respetar la dignidad humana de los migrantes forzosos.

04 Feb 2015 description

SUMMARY

 Weekly case incidence increased in all three countries for the first time this year. There were 124 new confirmed cases reported in the week to 1 February: 39 in Guinea, 5 in Liberia, and 80 in Sierra Leone.

 Continued community resistance, increasing geographical spread in Guinea and widespread transmission in Sierra Leone, and a rise in incidence show that the EVD response still faces significant challenges.

04 Feb 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

(Milan) – There has been little progress toward justice for the drowning deaths of 15 migrants in waters off a Spanish enclave in North Africa on February 6, 2014, Human Rights Watch said today.

The Spanish Guardia Civil fired rubber bullets and teargas at the water while the migrants attempted to swim to Ceuta, one of Spain’s two North African enclaves, from Morocco.

04 Feb 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

(Milán) – Han sido escasos los avances en pos de asegurar justicia por los 15 inmigrantes que murieron ahogados en aguas próximas a la costa de un enclave español en el norte de África el 6 de febrero de 2014, señaló hoy Human Rights Watch.

La Guardia Civil española disparó balas de goma y gases lacrimógenos hacia el agua mientras los inmigrantes intentaban llegar a nado desde Marruecos hasta Ceuta, uno de los dos enclaves de España en el norte de África.

28 Jan 2015 description

SUMMARY

  • The response to the EVD epidemic has now moved to a second phase, as the focus shifts from slowing transmission to ending the epidemic. To achieve this goal as quickly as possible, efforts have moved from rapidly building infrastructure to ensuring that capacity for case finding, case management, safe burials, and community engagement is used as effectively as possible.

28 Jan 2015 description

España mantendrá el compromiso con la Alianza Internacional para la Vacunación GAVI para el período 2016-2020, con una contribución de 47,5 millones de euros. Así lo expresó hoy el Embajador de España en Alemania, Pablo García-Berdoy, que encabezó la delegación española y realizó este anunció de la Cooperación Española ante la Asamblea de GAVI.

21 Jan 2015 description

SUMMARY

  • Case incidence continues to fall in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, with a halving time of 1.4 weeks in Guinea, 2.0 weeks Liberia, and 2.7 weeks in Sierra Leone. A combined total of 145 confirmed cases were reported from the 3 countries in the week to 18 January: 20 in Guinea, 8 in Liberia, and 117 in Sierra Leone.

  • Mali has been declared free of Ebola virus disease (EVD) after completing 42 days since the last case tested negative for EVD.

16 Jan 2015 description
report Council of Europe

“The proposed amendments to the Aliens Act aimed at legalising push-backs of migrants arriving in Ceuta and Melilla currently discussed in Spain are in clear breach of human rights law.