quarta-feira, 24 de dezembro de 2008

The President of the Republic condemns Moroccan Forces kidnapping a 9 years old girl in Smara

The President of the Saharawi Republic, Mohamed Abdelaziz, condemned the abduction by Moroccan security forces last Wednesday of a 9 years old Saharawi girl, Lalou Cheikh Bel Limam, from the home of her family, and her subjection to torture, intimidation and interrogation for more than 10 hours.

In a letter he addressed to the Secretary General of the UN, Mr. Abdelaziz renewed Saharawi "call for an urgent and immediate intervention to protect innocent lives, and stop the brutal repression and gross violations of human rights by the Moroccan State against the Saharawi people, which involve children, in the occupied territories of Western Sahara, Southern Morocco and in Moroccan universities."

"The girl suffers from traces of torture by police agents: Abdessamed Bahli, Salem Bougteib, Zakria Beiti and Abderrahmane Mcheichou", the Saharawi president indicated.

In the same letter, the President of the Republic informed Ban Ki-Moon that the sister of the Saharawi journalist, Mustapha Abd Dayem, was transferred in coma to the hospital of Goulimime, due to deteriorating health," while she was participating to a hunger strike with 7 of the member of her family to protest against the unfair trail the Moroccan authorities orchestrated against her brother.

"Concerning the case of the journalist and prisoner of conscience, Moustapha Abd Dayem, who bears the burden of a poor family, composed of elderly and young children, he is undertaking a hunger strike for over a week," said Abdelaziz.

He also drew attention to "the seriousness of the incident and the plight of the Saharawis under Moroccan occupation", citing the recent report of Human Rights Watch, which accused Morocco of serious violations of human rights in the occupied territories of Western Sahara, as it was already unveiled by the report of the High Commissioner of the United Nations for Human Rights of 2006.

"We reiterate in this letter our request to intervene vis-à-vis the Moroccan Government to immediately and unconditionally release all the Saharawi political prisoners and to lift the secrecy on the fate of more than 500 missing Saharawi civilians and 151 Saharawi prisoners of war, "concluded the letter.

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