terça-feira, 19 de maio de 2009

Polisario calls on UN to protect Saharawi civilians in occupied territories

The Bureau of Polisario National Secretariat called on the United Nations to assume its responsibility in the protection of human rights in Western Sahara "as soon as possible," through the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), or through another appropriate mechanism.

The Bureau of the NS, which held an ordinary meeting under the chairmanship of the President of the Republic and Secretary General of the Polisario Front, Mohamed Abdelaziz, called on the international community to put pressure on the Moroccan Government to end its repression and release the Saharawi political prisoners including Yahya Mohamed El Hafedh Iaaza and his compatriots who are in hunger strike since last April 4 and whose situation is now "very critical".

In this regard, the Bureau of the NS condemned the brutal repression imposed by the Moroccan government against political prisoners, including the Saharawi defenders of human rights in the occupied territories of Western Sahara, southern Morocco and in Moroccan universities, who are subject to “abusive transfers to unknown places and to continuous postponement of trial."

It also demanded from Morocco to give information on to fate of more than 500 victims of forced disappearance and 151 Saharawi prisoners of war still in Moroccan hands since the occupation of Western Sahara last October, 31, 1975.

On the other hand, the NS’s condemned the attitude of the French government, which jeopardized the efforts of the Security Council for the establishment of a mechanism for the protection of human rights in Western Sahara. "An attitude that is way far from the history and reputation of France in the field of human rights," the communiqué says.

It also welcomed the reports and testimonies from international organizations and agencies on the gross violations of human rights in Western Sahara committed by the Moroccan State, including the reports of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Human Rights Watch (HRW), Amnesty International, Front Line, the World Organization against Torture (OMCT), the European Parliament and others.

Expressing its satisfaction at the success of the International Film Festival in Western Sahara (FISAHARA), the Bureau of the NS praised the efforts of national actors and the contribution of the international solidarity movements for the success of this event in the wilaya of Dakhla.

The Bureau of the NS finally paid particular tribute to the fighters of the Saharawi popular liberation army (SPLA), on the eve of the celebration, next Wednesday, of the 36th anniversary of the proclamation of the armed struggle, which will be marked by the launch of the Saharawi TV (TV-RASD).

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