GENEVA – APS.dz.- The Geneva Support Group for Western Sahara expressed its concern on Tuesday at the violation of international humanitarian law and the “systematic violation” of human rights by Morocco in the occupied Saharawi territories, calling on the High Commissioner for Human Rights to redouble his efforts to put an end to these practices and allow the Saharawi people to exercise their right to self-determination.
“Our group is concerned about the violation of international humanitarian law and the systematic violation of human rights in Western Sahara”, said Stuart Comberbach, Zimbabwe’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, in his address to the 54th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, which began on Monday.
In this context, he referred to the ban on the High Commissioner for Human Rights visiting the occupied Saharawi territories, as well as the expulsion of numerous human rights organisations and international observers, prevented by the Makhzen regime from visiting the Saharawis and political detainees who suffer from difficult sanitary conditions and are subjected to “inhuman” and “degrading” treatment in the occupation jails.
The permanent representative of Zimbabwe, whose country is a member of the Geneva Support Group, was also keen to shed light on the many victims of the Moroccan occupation army’s drones in Western Sahara.
He called on all countries in the world to respect the legal status of the Saharawi territory, to allow the Saharawi people to exercise their right to self-determination, freedom and independence, and to allow them to exploit their natural resources.
In this respect, the diplomat also called on the representative of the European Union (EU) to “comply with the rulings handed down by the European Court of Justice (CJEU) and take into consideration the forthcoming ruling” of this same Court, while emphasising the aid programme intended for the Saharawi people.
It should be noted that the unfinished process of decolonisation of Western Sahara will be the focus of a conference to be organised by the Geneva Support Group for Western Sahara on Wednesday in Geneva.
This meeting, which will be held on the sidelines of the 54th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, will bring together diplomats, parliamentarians and experts under the theme “Decolonisation of Western Sahara: historical responsibilities and duties”, according to the organisers.
Among those attending will be the Polisario Front’s representative in Switzerland and to the United Nations and international organisations in Geneva, Oubi Bouchraya Bachir, Zimbabwe’s permanent representative to the UN in Geneva, Stuart Comberbach, the historian and research engineer at the National Centre for Scientific Research in Tours (France), Francesco Correale, and the Sahrawi Teslem Andala Ubbi, newly elected to the Spanish Parliament.
Other guests include Carlos Villan-Duran, a professor of international law at universities in Spain, Argentina, Uruguay and Mexico, and a former employee of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Created in 2017 and made up of 15 states that are friends of Western Sahara, the Geneva Support Group has made intensive efforts at several levels to shed light on the rights of the Saharawi people and the serious violations to which they are subjected, as well as the plundering of their natural resources.