CHAHID EL-HAFEDH (Saharawi refugee camps) – The Ministry of Affairs for the Occupied Territories and Saharawi Communities has denounced the silence of the international community in the face of the genocide and crimes perpetrated by Morocco against the defenceless Saharawis in the occupied areas of Western Sahara.
In a statement issued on the occasion of the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, which is celebrated on 30 August every year, the Saharawi ministry reiterated its “condemnation of the suspicious silence of the international community in the face of the genocide and crimes perpetrated against the Saharawis in the occupied cities”, demanding that the fate of some 500 Saharawis reported missing be revealed.
The ministry also renewed its call for the fate of the abducted Saharawis, including 15 young people abducted on 25 December 2005, to be revealed.
The statement, relayed by the Saharawi press agency SPS, also demanded the release of all Saharawi political prisoners and an end to the military siege and media blockade imposed on the occupied part of Western Sahara, reiterating the need to protect Saharawi civilians and guarantee their fundamental, just and legitimate rights, the most important of which remains the right to self-determination and independence.
The Ministry also recalled the war crimes, genocides and crimes against humanity committed by the Moroccan occupier against the Saharawi people since 31 October 1975 and the military invasion of the country, such as “throwing civilians from aeroplanes, executing them outside any legal framework, burying them alive in mass graves and bombing them with napalm (…)”.
He underlined that these grave crimes affected individuals and society in flagrant violation of international humanitarian law and all relevant international conventions, noting that they were imprescriptible crimes committed against a people fighting for their freedom and independence.