HE. Federica Moguerini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
I refer to your Excellency with the urgency dictated by the serious events that take place in the territories of Western Sahara, illegally occupied by Morocco.
As is well known, the occupation forces unleashed an unprecedented wave of repression against the Sahrawi civilian population, in El Aaiún, when they celebrated with joy, and peacefully, the victory of the Algerian team in the Africa Cup of Nations.
This brutal repression had as a macabre result the violent death of the young Sabah Azman, 23 years old, deliberately hit by a vehicle of the so-called auxiliary forces. Abandoned on the ground, without receiving the minimum aid, she took her last breath. Many protesters suffered injuries of varying severity, others were beaten, and harassment and persecution lasted until the early hours of July 20.
Then the arrests began, unleashing a wave of panic and terror throughout the territory.
The Moroccan authorities themselves recognize the urgent dispatch to the territory of new police, soldiers and other security forces to repress the peaceful Sahrawi population.
These odious methods are inscribed in the same policy of oppression practiced, for decades and unpunished, by the Moroccan regime in Western Sahara. The seriousness of this situation derives from the fact that the Saharawi people’s inalienable right to self-determination is not respected, but also due to the stagnation of the UN peace process following the resignation of the Special Envoy of the Secretary General of the United Nations. Undoubtedly, this resignation is part of the manifest wishes of Morocco and its support.
For all these reasons, we urgently request that the European Union intervene quickly to stop this repressive escalation that takes place in the occupied territories of Western Sahara.
The European Union shares partnership agreements with Morocco, agreements that derive obligations to respect human rights and democracy. For this reason, we think that the sending of an EU delegation to the occupied territories is necessary to verify, in situ, the reality of what is happening there.
For this reason we call on the European Union to demand from Morocco respect for the law, international legality, and to put an end to the repression that seeks to silence the voices that demand freedom and tolerance in Western Sahara.
While waiting for this request to find a sincere answer, please accept my expressions of respect and – high consideration.
Mohamed Sidati, Member of the National Directorate of
Frente POLISARIO, and Delegate Minister for Europe.