Rights Violations Against Migrants and Asylum Seekers
February 21, 2002

The government of Spain is violating the rights of migrants and asylum seekers who arrive illegally on Spanish shores, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. In the 35-page report, entitled "The Other Face of the Canary Islands: Rights Violations Against Migrants and Asylum Seekers," Human Rights Watch criticized the substandard detention conditions and the inadequate procedural rights afforded migrants and asylum seekers upon their arrival to the Spanish islands of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote. Conditions there fall below standards set in both national and international law and should spur a drive to improve the treatment of migrants in Spain and throughout Europe, Human Rights Watch said.

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