PUSL.- High Commissioner Federica Morgherini answers the question of MEP João Ferreira on the death of a 24-year-old Saharawi girl at the hands of Moroccan authorities. Morgherini uses a common place response, saying that the EU is following the situation through the CNDH ( Moroccan National Human Rights Council). The CNDH is nothing but an extension of the Alauite Kingdom to give the illusion of democracy and to justify the scandalous sums received from the European Union.
Answer given by Vice-President Mogherini on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: P-002380/2019
The EU is aware of the tragic death of a 24 year old woman in Laayoune after the Algerian victory in the African Cup of Nations. According to the Moroccan authorities, inquiries are ongoing to clarify the circumstances.
YOKOHAMA (Japan) – President of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) Brahim Ghali arrived in Yokohama (Japan) yesterday Tuesday in Tokyo to participate in the 7th International Conference on African Development (TICAD 7).
President Ghali is accompanied by a large Saharawi delegation composed of the Foreign Minister, Mohamed Salem Ould Salek, of the Saharawi ambassador in Ethiopia, the permanent representative of the SADR to the African Union, Lamine Baali, and the president’s advisor. Badati Breica.
In addition to his participation in this Conference, scheduled for August 28 and 30, President Ghali will hold several meetings with African leaders.
The TICAD 7 conference, organized at the initiative of the Japanese government jointly with the UN, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the African Union Commission (AUC) and the World Bank, is a international consultation forum for the development of the African continent.
Saharawi Reality Journal / DLRS. Bahia Mahmud Awah 11/11/2019
Saharawi civil disobedience anti Moroccan occupation. Break with the Moroccan ID
“Morocco has occupied our land and murdered our people in the name of religion. How could we share with them a religious holiday?”, Hmad Uld Ali Uld Bachir, aka Hmad Hammad.
Exploring this new issue of Saharawi civil disobedience under the laws of the Moroccan occupation regime, we might recall Nelson Mandela and his book “The Long Road to Freedom, an autobiographical work in which Madiba portrays details of his peaceful struggle against apartheid rule. How ANC militants diversified their methods of fighting apartheid’s South African racist regime, one of which was what Mandela called “civil disobedience.” Diversification of the struggle to defy apartheid’s civil laws, backed by Anglican Church that sympathized with the regime against blacks, a bet Nelson Mandela described in his confrontation with apartheid: “The church approved this policy and contributed to the religious base of apartheid, suggesting that Afrikaners were God’s chosen people, while blacks were a species subordinate to them. In the Afrikaner view of the world, apartheid and religion marched side by side. “In the same vein, this expression of Saharawi militant Hmad Uld Hammad:” Morocco has occupied our land, kidnapped, murdered and buried our living relatives and compatriots. In the name of religion. How are we going to share with it a religious date of agreement that it uses against us?
PUSL.- The Committee against Torture on August 6th discussed follow-up to concluding observations, individual communications, and reprisals under the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
The Rapporteur on follow-up to reprisals, Ana Racu, informed that the committee met with the Permanent Mission of Morocco. The Rapporteur said that the Committee had repeatedly requested the State party to issue interim measures to alleviate the deplorable conditions of Abdallah Abbahah. The lawyer of Mr. Abbahah, Maitre Olfa Ouled presented an individual complaint in his case against Morocco that has received immediate interim measures in May 2018, requesting immediate alternative measures to detention, such as surveilled house arrest, ceasing of all ill treatment and access to a doctor of is choice. Morocco did not comply with any of the interim measures.
Brasilia, August 9, 2019 (SPS) -. The Representative of the Polisario Front in Brazil, Emboirik Ahmed, was received at the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil (Itamaraty), on Thursday, August 8, by the counselor Bernardo Henrique Penha Brasil, head of the North and East Africa division in said Ministry, according to a press release from the Representation of the POLISARIO in Brasil.
In the course of this interview both diplomats had the opportunity to deal extensively with the most important issues of common interest.
The political situation in the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic and the most prominent regional events were widely treated.
The Saharawi representative, transferred to the counselor Penha Brasil the legitimate concern of the Saharawi side in the face of the difficulties inherent in the resignation of the personal representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations Mr. Horst Kohler because of the lack of cooperation and obstacles that the Moroccan side has erected before his work, which made his continuity impossible.
PUSL.- Ali Saadoni’s mother, a Saharawi political prisoner, reported that on Monday’s visit on August 5, her son had visible scars on both hands and wrists and was handcuffed. Saadoni told his mother that he has been in total isolation since June 21 when he was transferred at 3 am from El Aaiun prison in occupied Western Sahara to Bouzakarn prison in Morocco.
In addition to being in prolonged isolation for 48 days he is handcuffed all the time.
According to Saadoni’s mother, the political prisoner was in serious health and miserable general condition and the prison administration does not provide him with the medicines he needs daily for a serious chronic illness he suffers from.
The prolonged confinement to which he is subjected to exceeds the time limit set by Moroccan law and all conventions signed by Morocco and considered to be torture by the United Nations.
To the honorable members of the Security Council of the United Nations
Since July 19, 2019, the occupied city of El Aaiun, in Western Sahara, has been besieged and the Saharawi population is under a brutal attack by Moroccan forces. This escalation of the situation on the ground is due to the silence of the international community and, in particular, to the absence of a mandate that includes a mechanism for the protection of the civilian population in MINURSO.
Even children have been brutally beaten and were victims of arbitrary detention. No one is safe. Moroccan occupation forces used sticks, tear gas, water cannons, rubber bullets and stones. Hundreds of members of the Moroccan security forces, including police, gendarmes and paramilitary forces, participated in the violent attacks that have claimed hundreds of victims. Night and day attacks and raids on the homes of the Saharawis with the destruction of their belongings and arbitrary arrests continue. Injured people cannot go to the hospital for fear of being arrested immediately. On July 20, the 24-year-old Saharawi, Sabah Othman Ahmeida, was hit by a vehicle from the Moroccan authorities and as a result of which she suffered injuries that caused her death.
Condemnation of the violent repression by the Kingdom of Morocco’s police and army against the Saharawi civilian population in the occupied territories of Western Sahara
What happened in El Aaiún on July 19, with police intervention and attacks on Saharawi families peacefully taking to the streets of the city, seizing the opportunity for Algeria’s victory in the African Cup of Nations final to claim their right to self-determination and the implementation of the referendum represents a very serious issue of violence and repression of freedom of expression and free association. A repressive action that caused dozens of injuries and the death of a 23-year-old , Sabah Azman Hameida.
This latest episode of violence and repression only confirms what was described in the recent report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (Ohchr), which expresses its concern about the continuing “torture and violence, the use of arbitrary detention”. “and the denial of the most basic civil and human rights of the political prisoners,” urging the Moroccan institutions to assume their responsibilities and ensure respect for the human rights and freedom of expression of all persons without discrimination. Read more
bng.gal.- BNG (Galician Nationalist Bloc) spokeswoman in Europe and international area coordinator Ana Miranda met with the Galician Association of Saharawi People’s Solidarity (SOGAPS), the Polisario Front delegate in Vigo and the president of the Galician Association of Friends of the Sahara People, Maite Isla, to convey all the support of the nationalist formation to the situation of repression in the occupied territories of Western Sahara, after the death of an activist and the harassment of the Saharawi fighting for the defence of their people.
In this context, the bloc calls on the state government to abandon its “lukewarm attitude” towards Morocco, taking into account “the situation of social injustice experienced in the country, which translates into demonstrations and a climate of political instability that even the Moroccan monarch was forced to admit to the situation of social tension and inequality in the country – an unprecedented fact, ”said BNG’s spokeswoman in Brussels.
amnesty.org.- The Moroccan authorities must impartially and effectively investigate the use of excessive force by the security forces against Sahrawi protesters in Laayoune who were celebrating Algeria’s football victory in the Africa Cup of Nations on 19 July, said Amnesty International today.
The organization has verified video footage and gathered witness testimony indicating that security forces, who were heavily present on the streets and in cafés during the football match, used excessive force, throwing rocks to disperse the crowds of demonstrators and sparking clashes. According to two eyewitnesses, Sabah Njourni a 24-year-old woman, was killed after she was mowed down by two Moroccan auxiliary force cars.
“There is clear evidence to suggest that the Moroccan security forces’ initial response to the Sahrawi protests, which began peacefully, was excessive, and provoked violent clashes which could and should have been avoided. The authorities must impartially and effectively investigate the attacks on protesters and bring to justice anyone suspected to be responsible in fair trials,” said Magdalena Mughrabi, Deputy Middle East and North Africa Director at Amnesty International.