Socorro Gomes – President of the World Peace Council
PUSL.- We received with great consternation and revolt the news of the death of 24-year-old Sabah Othman Ahmadida (Injourni), who was struck by a Moroccan police car during the brutal repression of a protest in the capital of occupied Western Sahara, El Aaiun, on July 20.
Shocking reports and images of the crackdown with which these protests were answered by the Moroccan authorities include the use of lethal ammunition, beatings and trampling, such as what struck Sabah. In addition, Saharawi said that the girl did not receive urgent medical attention and only some time after the event was taken to the hospital where she died.
The violation of the human rights of Saharawi under Moroccan occupation is repeatedly denounced, without effect, by the Saharawi people and by solidarity organizations from all over the world. This violation begins with the non-implementation of their right to self-determination, so that theu can decide freely on their political destiny.
The territory and its people have for decades been pending decolonization by Spain that is occupied by Morocco since 1975. The United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) has been on the ground since 1991 and has not been able to fulfill its role to carry out the consultation for the self-determination of the Saharawi people. In addition, it has been prevented, mainly by France, an ally of Morocco, from including in its mandate the monitoring of the human rights situation of the Sahara, despite repeated appeals from the people, their leaders and international solidarity entities.
The Saharawi continue to strive for the fulfillment of the promise of self-determination under the brutal Moroccan occupation and colonization, in the refugee camps in the Algerian desert, or in exile.
For this reason, the World Peace Council, an anticolonialist and solidarity organization to the peoples in struggle against domination, condemns in the strongest terms the violation of human rights that is daily occuring in the occupied territory. We appeal to the urgent action for the protection of the Saharawi and we join the countless entities in firm solidarity with the Saharawi people in a just struggle for the liberation of their country, demanding the holding of the referendum now!