African nations call for investigation into migrant deaths

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African leaders are calling for an investigation into the alleged abandonment of migrants in North Africa, according to Nigeria's Ambassador Ositadinma Anaedu.

Ambassador Ositadinma Anaedu was addressing the Human Rights Council in Geneva on behalf of the African group.

The Council of Europe, a European watchdog, was the first to call for an inquiry into the deaths of migrants in sinking boats despite the alleged ability of European boats in the area to rescue them.

Nigeria's Ambassador said the African group was deeply concerned about the continued vulnerability of migrants.

"The subjection of these migrants to interdiction, detention, rejection and xenophobia at the borders of the European countries is to say the least condemnable. The common humanity that binds us under the charter of the United Nations and the UDHR (Universal Declaration of  Human Rights) requires for them to be treated humanely and with dignity. In this connection, we also welcome the Council of Europe's call to the alleged abandonment of North African migrants to their fate despite the alleged ability of Europeans in the vicinity to rescue them."

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