quarta-feira, 20 de maio de 2009

Former Saharawi political prisoner awards in Badajoz

The Saharawi human rights activist and former political prisoner, Sidi Mohamed Dadach, was recently awarded the human rights prize of the Observatory of lawyers college in Badajoz (ICAB), human rights sources in Extramadura reported.

The ceremony was attended by local authorities of the Spanish city of Badajoz, lawyers and researchers in the field of human rights, and the Saharawi community in the region.

"The prize was awarded to the Saharawi human rights activist for his peaceful struggle against the Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara to enable the Saharawi people exercise their inalienable right to self-determination, guaranteed by international law", said, Guillermo Fernández Vara, president of the municipality of Extremadura.

On his side, Mr. Daddach asked the Spanish Government “not to align the Moroccan autonomy proposal backed by France as the only solution to the conflict of Western Sahara and to defend human rights in the Saharawi territories occupied by Morocco."

During the ceremony the attendance enjoyed a film relating the serious human rights violations committed by the Moroccan state in the occupied territories of Western Sahara and testimonies of victims of the repression inflicted on the Saharawi human rights activists in occupied territories of Western Sahara.

The Director of the Observatory, José Manuel de la Fuente presented the biography of the Saharawi human rights activist, Sidi Mohamed Dadach, who has spent several years in Moroccan secret centres, due to his political opinions calling for the right to self-determination and independence of the Saharawi people.

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