SPAIN’S human rights ombudsman has hit out at Spain’s ‘cruel’ treatment of its illegal migrant population citing poor living conditions in holding cells.
Speaking at the Joint Committee on Relations, ombudsman Francisco Marugan said there were ‘major deficiencies’ in how the media represented illegal migrants.

“We have to alter this system which is inefficient and under-financed and often cruel to the people who are only seeking a better life,” said Marugan.

Immigrants can spend 72 hours “in cells which rarely have natural light hardly ever running water,” said the 71-year-old.

The human defender cited the suicide of a migrant in Archidona prison near Malaga where a migrant was in solitary confinement for several weeks at the end of 2017 and took his own life.