sexta-feira, 27 de março de 2009

OMCT is concerned by the deteriorating situation of human rights in Western Sahar

The President of the World Organization against Torture (OMCT), Eric Sottas expressed "deep concern" over the deteriorating human rights situation in the occupied territories of Western Sahara, specifying "torture can not be in any way legitimate.”

Mr. Sottas speaking on the Sahrawi National Radio, in an exclusive statement to its program "freemen behind bars" condemned torture and chases perpetrated by the Moroccan authorities against the Saharawi Human Rights Defenders in the Saharawi territories under the Moroccan occupation.

He also indicated that he follows with great attention the situation of human rights in Western Sahara, adding that his organization is awaiting the response to a request to the Moroccan authorities for a visit to the region.

"We are awaiting a response and we hope to be able soon to visit the region, and if the European delegation waited more than 3 years to receive approval, we hope for it, as soon as possible.”

Regarding the case of the young Saharawi, Hayat Rgueibi, lately raped by Moroccan police, the president of OMCT has condemned the inhuman and criminal act that occurred most recently in the city of occupied El Aaiun.

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