The trade union co.bas calls for UN support against brutal Moroccan repression in Western Sahara

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PUSL.- The Union of Canary Base Commissions (Co. Bas) urges the Spanish government to request the “URGENT” intervention of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres “to investigate the death of young Saharawi Sabah Azman Heimad and end repression against the Saharawi civilian population in the occupied territories of Western Sahara.

From the Union of the Canary Base Commissions (Co. Bas) we have asked the Spanish government, as a member of the human rights council, to request the “URGENT” intervention of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres “to investigate the death of the young Saharawi Sabah Azman Heimad and put an end to the repression against the Saharawi population in the occupied territories of Western Sahara.

On July 19, hundreds of Saharawis took to the streets to celebrate the victory in the African Cup of the nations of Algeria. Moroccan occupation forces have increased repression from that moment on with arbitrary arrests and looting of houses of Saharawi activists and their families, sowing terror among the population.

From the Union of the Canary Base Commissions (Co. Bas) we want to remember that Spain remains the managing power in the decolonization process and continues to turn its back on the Saharawi people who in the occupied Sahara territories live a community-silenced reality, complicit in the constant evidence of human rights violations.

Morocco does not want international witnesses of what is happening in the occupied territories, which is why it expels time and time again the different people who travel as observers and also does not allow the presence of media that can inform directly.

From the Canary Basic Commissions Union (Co. Bas), we also express our support for the international campaign that different organizations are developing so that the United Nations Security Council can approve the extension of MINURSO (Mission of the United Nations for the referendum in Western Sahara) for the referendum. That includes human rights surveillance in Western Sahara. Remember that it is the only mission that does not have these tasks.

Torture, forced disappearance of persons, arrests, summary trials, repression and the prohibition to speak out and express themselves is a constant affliction of the Saharawi of the occupied territories day by day.

To this lack of freedoms and oppressive regime is added the theft of their economic resources benefiting from the exploitation of phosphate mines and fishing as well as farms.

On the one hand, MINURSO finds itself in the territory with no possibility or willingness to act in the surveillance and protection of human rights, transforming this mission of the united nations into mere spectators without possibility of action, and on the other hand, Spain relinquishes its responsibility as administrator of this non-autonomous territory becoming complicit.

That is why, from this trade union organization, we have asked the Government of Spain to perform all the necessary performances for the Saharawi people to exercise their right to self-determination and, together with the United Nations Security Council, expand MINURSO’s competences and work to hold the referendum, so that the Saharawi can decide on their future.

Canary Islands on July 23, 2019