Versión en inglés:
OPEN BREACHES OF THE LAW BY THE CONSEJERÍA DE BIENESTAR SOCIAL (Social Welfare Office) IN MELILLA
Early this year, the Spanish Public Defender’s Office (Defensor del Pueblo Español) had to intervene firmly against the Social Welfare Office (Consejería de Bienestra Social) for what it considered “actions clearly contrary to the legislation in force”. In the text of the Recommendation issued, and in a written Reminder of Obligations that the Consejería has to follow the Law, it made clear that public indignation was natural and justified considering the fact that precisely those institutions entrusted with the care and custody of minors were also the primary cause of the much of the ill-treatment of minors in Melilla.
The Director of the Social Welfare Office responded angrily that it would go directly to Madrid to explain the matter which it claimed needed no explanation.
Eventually the Director of the Social Welfare Office didn’t go to Madrid, but it sent a written statement containing a list of justifications for its policy of mistreatment, which only provided further evidence of its clear enmity towards those foreign minors under its care.
At the same time, the Delegation of the Government in Melilla, we believe in coordination with the Director of the Social Welfare Office, continue to place as many obstacles as possible in the path of those minors who reach the age of majority and are seeking integration. We have denounced these decisions which we believe to be unfair and lacking any legal basis since 2007. Tens of young people have been, and continue to be, victims of these arbitrary decisions.
The Delegation of the Government in Melilla has also received reminders of its legal obligations. Not only have these reminders fallen on deaf ears much of the time, but the authorities are now asking the minors who arrived undocumented or unaccompanied to produce a Visa upon reaching the age of majority.
The Spanish Public Defender, in a new recommendation and reminder of legal obligations, has intervened once again urging the Social Welfare Office and the Delegation of the Government in Melilla to cease their illegal actions immediately and to reinstate to minors affected by this policy the rights of which they have been deprived by authorities that exercise their power in a despotic manner and in contradiction of the established law of the land.