‘On 6th June we presented in the Spanish Senate our CIE 2021 Report “Hostile territory: different forms of hostility in the CIE”, where we analyse the situations and conditions in these centres over the last year. The event was moderated by Mª Carmen De La Fuente, coordinator of SJM, Ana Bosch from Pueblos Unidos and author of the report, Elena Davara as a volunteer from the CIE visiting team in Madrid, Josetxo Ordóñez from Migra Studium and author of the report, and Josep Buades (Director of the Claver-SJM Association) as the main author of the report.
This has been a year marked by strict Covid-19 protocols that have led to difficult isolation for the people held in these centres, with serious consequences for their mental health, as well as deficient health care. This lack of optimal medical resources can be seen not only in terms of the pandemic but also in terms of the lack of privacy for patients or the scarcity of health resources to attend the people and, in addition, a lack of attention to mental health problems, aggravated in most cases by confinement and poor conditions.
In this report, we focus our attention and our denunciation on three forms of hostility in CIEs in the year 2021:
- Obstacles to the reporting and investigation of police assaults.
- Deficiencias in medical and health care.
- Obstacles to visits by social organizations.
All these hostilities lead to untenable situations for the migrants held in the centres, whose rights are violated every day they are locked up in unhealthy and inhumane conditions.
In addition, many of these people detained in CIEs are adolescents whose age is not determined because their documentation from their place of origin is not accredited, with medical tests prevailing (which leads to a long period of time licked up in CIEs with uncertainty and worsening their physical and mental situation), in violation of the right to equality and non-discrimination before the law based on the best interests of the minor.
Social organisations are primarily concerned with the closure of the CIEs. Given the current improbability of their disappearance, as demonstrated by the construction of a new centre in Algeciras, we are in a constant struggle for the improvement of the conditions of these centres and we offer a humane accompaniment to the people interned, although subject to moments of possible restrictions.