Amnesty Internacional – Moroccan authorities use unnecessary force

PUSL.- Non-governmental organization Amnesty International denounced on Tuesday the pressure exerted by the authorities of the Moroccan occupation against peaceful demonstrations in the occupied Sahrawi cities.

In its annual report Human Rights in the Middle East and North Africa: Review of 2018, Amnesty International highlights the repression and human rights violations exerted by the authorities of the Moroccan occupation against the Saharawi population in the occupied territory of Western Sahara.

In the part of the report dedicated to Morocco/Western Sahara, PUSL extracted the paragraphs concerning Western Sahara:

Demonstrations:

In Western Sahara, Moroccan authorities, which administer the non-self-governing territory, used unnecessary force to disperse peaceful demonstrations.

In June, Moroccan police violently dispersed a peaceful protest in Laayoune during a visit by the UN special envoy for Western Sahara.

In September, Moroccan police used unnecessary force against peaceful protesters opposing an EU-Morocco fisheries deal that was agreed in August;

European Union Court of Justice:

The EU Court of Justice had ruled in February that the deal did not apply to the waters adjacent to the territory of Western Sahara.

MINURSO (United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara):

The UN Security Council prolonged the mandate of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) for six months in both April and October without adding a human rights component.

United Nations Working Group of Arbitrary Detention / Journalist:

In June, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention called on Morocco to immediately release Saharawi Equipe Media journalist Mohamed El Benbari, imprisoned since 2015, on the grounds that his detention violated his rights to freedom of expression and association and to a fair trial.

Saharawi refugee camps:

The Polisario Front again failed to hold to account those responsible for committing human rights abuses in the 1970s and 1980s in the camps that have been under its control since that period.

The report in English and Arabic can be found here:

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