76 organizations denounce and condemn Moroccan occupation and genocide of the Saharawi people in letter to the Security Council

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.

What is happening in Western Sahara is contrary to all the values ​​defended by the UN and International Law and Human Rights. The actions of Morocco cannot lead to a peaceful resolution of the conflict.

The Saharawi people and their legitimate representative, the Polisario Front, have respected all international conventions, agreements and laws since the 1991 ceasefire agreement. Morocco didn’t.

The Saharawis are being punished for trusting the international community and the United Nations. The continued silence and lack of protection of the Saharawis by the international community can only lead to a worsening of the situation on the ground and increase tensions in occupied Western Sahara and in the region. And it seems outrageous that all this happens in the presence of MINURSO, whose mission should be to prepare the Referendum in which the Saharawi people can decide their future.

The signatories denounce and strongly condemn all this barbarism and the genocide that Morocco is committing in its illegal occupation of Western Sahara.

Signatories:

– ACAPS ANOIA

– ACAPS LA SAFOR

– Acciò Solidària amb el Sàhara

– Acción solidaria con los pueblos oprimidos (ASPO)

– ALOUDA Cantabria

– Associació d’Amics del Poble Sahrauí, HAMMADA

– Associació Catalana D´Amics del Poble Sahraui – Wilaia Alt Penedès

– Asociación Al-Adala València

– Asociación Ardi Hurra de la Comunidad Saharaui en Sevilla

– Asociacion Al-Machaal (asociación de saharauis de Jerez)

– Asociación Amigos de África. Lebrija

– Asociación COOOS (Cooperació Osona Sàhara) de Vic 

– Asociación Dajla Solidarios con el Pueblo Saharaui (L’alacantí i L’alcoià)

– Asociación de Amigos y Amigas de la RASD de Bizkaia

– Asociacion de Amigos del Pueblo Saharaui de Mora y Comarca (Toledo)

– Asociación de Amigos del Pueblo Saharaui de Segovia (MAKSRA)

– Asociacion de Amigos del Pueblo Saharaui La Daira, de Trebujena (Cádiz)

– Asociación de Amistad con el Pueblo Saharaui La Algaba

– Asociación de amistad con el pueblo saharaui de SEVILLA – A.A.P.S.S.

– Asociación de Amistad con el Pueblo Saharaui, Sede de Mahbes, de Novelda

– Asociación de ayuda al Sáhara Occidental de Elche

– Asociación de Ayuda Humanitaria de Mislata (AHUIM). Valencia

– Asociación Ecuatoriana de Amistad con el Pueblo Saharaui (AEAPS)

– Asociación Intercultural Puerta de Sevilla (Carmona)

– Asociación Juvenil Moviendo Arena: Amigos de Rio de Oro 

– Asociación Santa Coloma amb el Sahara

– Asociación Sonrisas en Acción

– Asociación TalhaXirivella

– Asociación WILAIA de Mataró 

– ASOM – Sahara de Puçol (València)

– Bir Lehlu, Asociación de Ayuda al Pueblo Saharaui, de Pozuelo de Alarcón Madrid

– Bloque Nacionalista Galego (BNG)

– Centro de Documentación en Derechos Humanos “Segundo Montes Mozo S.J.” (Quito – Ecuador)

– Comité Local PCE Sevilla

– Comité de Solidaridad con los Pueblos, Cantabria

– Comunidad Saharaui Residente en Asturias (Cosara)

– Confederación Intersindical

– Coordinadora de Asociaciones solidarias con el pueblo saharaui de la provincia de Alicante.

– Culturactiva SCG

Ecologistas en Acción de Córdoba

– Entesa Federalista de Catalunya

– Equipe Media (Sahara Occidental)

– Federació d´Associacions Catalanes Amigues del Poble Sahrauí

– Federacion Andaluza de Asociaciones Solidaria con el Sahara. FANDAS

– Fundació Solidària Flama

– Fundación Sahara Occidental

– Ganemos Jerez

– Grupo Jaima,  Cordoba

– Interpueblos, Cantabria

– Intersindical Altenativa de Catalunya (IAC)

– Intersindical Valenciana

– Izquierda Unida Jerez

– Koordinadora Euskadi-Sahara “27 de Febrero” 

L’Hospitalet amb el Sàhara

– La Ruda Assemblea Feminista (Penedès, Catalunya)

Mujeres de Negro Contra La Guerra – Toledo

– ONG Sáhara Lliure (Paterna – Valencia)

– Pallasos en Rebeldía

– PCE Andalucia – Núcleo Diego Almodóvar Jerez de la Frontera

– PJET – International Platform of Jurists for East Timor

– Plataforma Jerez con Palestina y el Sahara

– Plataforma por la Solidaridad de Lebrija

– Plataforma Valenciana en Solidaridad con el Pueblo Saharaui – P.V.S.P.S.

– Podemos Jerez

– Poemario por un Sahara Libre

– Por un Sahara Libre.org

– Resistencia Saharaui

– Rubí Solidari

– Sàhara Horta

– Sant Vicenç dels Horts amb el Sáhara

– Solidariedade Galega Co Pobo Saharaui – SOGAPS

– Tibsima Mollet Sahara, Mollet Barcelona

– Tolosaldea Sahararekin (Tolosa)

– Torneig Solidari amb el Sàhara “Banna Lekbir Bachir”

– Western Sahara Campaign – New Zealand 

– Yalah Solidarios con el Pueblo Saharauí de Sant Adriá de Besós

 


Letter sent to:

Presidency of the UN Security Council 

H.E. Ambassador  Gustavo Meza-Cuadra,
Permanent Representative of Peru to the United Nations 

H.E. Mr Ma Zhaoxu
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the United Nations

H.E. Mr François Delattre
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Permanent Mission of France

H.E. Mr Vasily Alekseevich Nebenzya
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations

H.E. Ms Karen Pierce
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom to the United Nations

H.E. Mr Jonathan Cohen
Acting Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
United States Mission to the United Nations

H.E. Ambassador Marc Pecsteen de Buytswerve
Permanent Representative of Belgium to the United Nations

H.E. Ambassador Francisco A. Cortorreal
Permanent Representative of the Dominican Republic to the United Nations

H.E.Ambassador Anatolio Ndong Mba
Permanent Mission of Equatorial Guinea to the United Nations

H.E. Ambassador Christoph Heusgen
Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United Nations

H.E. Mr Dian Triansyah Djani
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Nations

H.E Ambassador Kacou Houadja Léon Adom
Permanent Representative of Ivory Coast to the United Nations,

H.E. Mr Mansour Ayyad Al-Otaibi
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Permanent Mission of the State of Kuwait to the United Nations

H.E. Ms Joanna Wronecka
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Permanent Mission of the Republic of Poland to the United Nations

H.E. Ambassador Jerry Matthews Matjila
Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations

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