PUSL.- The undersigned organizations reaffirming their solidarity with the the Saharawi people, condemn and demand an immediate end to violence and repression that the occupying forces of the Kingdom of Morocco have practiced, with particular intensity, since last July 19.
This new crescendo of repression by the forces of Morocco happened last 19th of July, when the Saharawi population, of the occupied territories, particularly in El Aaiun, took to the streets to celebrate the victory of the Algerian football team in the final of the African Cup of Nations.
The peaceful celebrations, accompanied by the demand for independence Western Sahara were immediately violently suppressed, and news of the death of a 23-year-old girl hit by a car of the Moroccan forces and an unknown number of wounded were reported. The Moroccan forces used indiscriminate violence against the Saharawi population, including the use of real fire. Read more
The associations and the committees of friendship and solidarity with the Saharawi people, the human rights organizations of Latin America and the Caribbean, and various personalities of the region, condemn the brutal repression of the Moroccan security forces OF the civilian population that, in the framework of the spontaneous mobilizations to celebrate in the streets of several occupied Sahrawi cities the triumph of Algeria in the African Cup of Nations 2019, peacefully expressed their desire for freedom and independence.
In the course of the night and early morning of Friday 19 and Saturday 20 of July, the Moroccan police forces have used rubber bullets, water cannons and have waged brutal beatings against the civilian population in El Aaiún and Dajla, among other cities and Saharawi towns, including once again a practice that violates human rights that has been observed by Saharawi and international human rights organizations: the run over of civilians in peaceful demonstrations.
On this occasion, the mortal victim was Sabah Azman Hamida, a 23-year-old girl, who was attacked by a vehicle of the occupation forces on Av. Smara, in the Saharawi capital, an event that generated a broad mobilization of citizen protest. As the hours passed, and which was violently repressed by hundreds of gendarmes and security agents, leaving dozens of injured, among them young people and women, facts that were recorded and verified by social activists and human rights in the field.
Socorro Gomes – President of the World Peace Council
PUSL.- We received with great consternation and revolt the news of the death of 24-year-old Sabah Othman Ahmadida (Injourni), who was struck by a Moroccan police car during the brutal repression of a protest in the capital of occupied Western Sahara, El Aaiun, on July 20.
Shocking reports and images of the crackdown with which these protests were answered by the Moroccan authorities include the use of lethal ammunition, beatings and trampling, such as what struck Sabah. In addition, Saharawi said that the girl did not receive urgent medical attention and only some time after the event was taken to the hospital where she died.
The violation of the human rights of Saharawi under Moroccan occupation is repeatedly denounced, without effect, by the Saharawi people and by solidarity organizations from all over the world. This violation begins with the non-implementation of their right to self-determination, so that theu can decide freely on their political destiny. Read more
PUSL.- The Brazilian Center for Solidarity with Peoples and Fight for Peace (CEBRAPAZ) joins the various entities in solidarity with the Saharawi people in the most vehement condemnation of the brutal episodes of repression of the demonstrations in El Aaiun, capital of the Western Sahara occupied by Morocco on July 20 . In the episode, the Moroccan police ran over and killed the 24-year-old Sabah Othman Ahmeida (Injourni), a young woman who was delayed in giving her medical attention. Sabah died later in the hospital.
Several reports and shocking images have been disseminated by the courageous Saharawis who recorded the event, showing the brutality of Moroccan repression, the use of lethal ammunition, the beating of the demonstrators and the trampling, like the one that victimized the young Sabah. They are, however, recurring tactics, which demonstrates the seriousness of the situation of the Saharawi people under Moroccan occupation and colonization of their territory.
HE. Federica Moguerini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
I refer to your Excellency with the urgency dictated by the serious events that take place in the territories of Western Sahara, illegally occupied by Morocco.
As is well known, the occupation forces unleashed an unprecedented wave of repression against the Sahrawi civilian population, in El Aaiún, when they celebrated with joy, and peacefully, the victory of the Algerian team in the Africa Cup of Nations.
This brutal repression had as a macabre result the violent death of the young Sabah Azman, 23 years old, deliberately hit by a vehicle of the so-called auxiliary forces. Abandoned on the ground, without receiving the minimum aid, she took her last breath. Many protesters suffered injuries of varying severity, others were beaten, and harassment and persecution lasted until the early hours of July 20.
PUSL.- Hmad Hamad (Saharawi activist and vice-president of CODAPSO -Committee for the Defense of the Right to Self-determination of the People of Western Sahara
The United Nations, namely MINURSO (United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara) has been in Western Sahara since 1991, the year of the signing of the cease-fire between the Polisario Front and Morocco. The cease-fire was based on a referendum that allowed our people to freely choose their destiny and achieve self-determination. After 28 years, we continue without a referendum and now under almost 44 years of occupation by Morocco.
MINURSO and the Security Council were not able to comply with what was determined at the United Nations and spent decades postponing the implementation of resolutions that would lead to the end of a 4-decade occupation.