The Australian Committee of Solidarity with the Saharawi people on Wednesday called on the UN to condemn the Moroccan crackdown on Saharawi civilians peacefully celebrating Friday the victory of Algeria to the Africa Cup of Nations (Can 2019), while calling for an independent investigation into the circumstances of the assassination by the occupying forces of the young Saharawi, Sabah Othman Hmeida.
In its letter to the President of the UN Security Council, the Committee called on the Council to put pressure on Morocco to put an end to the attacks and its repression of the Saharawis in the occupied territories of Western Sahara.
Saharawi citizens peacefully celebrating the victory of the Algerian team at the African Cup of Nations were attacked by Moroccan repressive forces using weapons such as tear gas and rubber bullets, causing many casualties, and provoced the death of young Sabah.
The Committee recalled in its letter last April, together with other organizations, invited the Security Council to extend the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) to include monitoring and reporting on human rights.
The Committee concluded its letter by stating that human rights violations would only stop by resolving the Western Sahara conflict that is ongoing for decades and allowing the Saharawi people to exercise their right to self-determination. However, the Committee emphasizes, urgent steps must now be taken to put an end to the atrocities and the ongoing repression of the Moroccan regime.