PUSL.- On 25 July 2019 Saharawi friendship organizations and representatives in Bilbao (Spain) and France held a demonstration in front of the Moroccan Consulate and the Moroccan Embassy.
The protests took place following recent events in the occupied territories of Western Sahara. Moroccan occupation forces attacked the defenseless population for several days, resulting in a confirmed death, hundreds of arrests, including minors and children, beatings, kidnappings and raids house-to-house, use of water cannon, firearms with live ammunition and rubber bullets and tear gas.
Protesters demanded an end to occupation in the occupied territories of Western Sahara and the release of Saharawi political prisoners and condemned and rejected the wave of repression by the Moroccan regime against the civilian population. They called on the international community to intervene immediately to protect the Saharawi population.
Open Letter to the July-August Presidency of the UN Security Council
Attn:H.E. Ambassador Gustavo Meza-Cuadra & H.E. Ambassador Joanna Wronecka,
Permanent Representative of Peru &Poland to the United Nations
New York – United States of America
As Representatives of Human Rights Organisation, Civil Society, and Solidarity Groups from Africa. We write to you with a firm condemnation of the ongoing siege in the occupied territory of the Western Sahara.
We have watched with great disdain an escalation of barbaric and violent acts of human rights abuses perpetrated against the Sahrawi citizens by the Moroccan colonial occupation forces in the city of El Aaiun on the 19th of July 2019. These acts of barbarism, torture, and human pain perpetrated by the Moroccan occupation forces on the legal citizens of the occupied territory of Western Sahara is not the first of its kind.
The Australian Committee of Solidarity with the Saharawi people on Wednesday called on the UN to condemn the Moroccan crackdown on Saharawi civilians peacefully celebrating Friday the victory of Algeria to the Africa Cup of Nations (Can 2019), while calling for an independent investigation into the circumstances of the assassination by the occupying forces of the young Saharawi, Sabah Othman Hmeida.
In its letter to the President of the UN Security Council, the Committee called on the Council to put pressure on Morocco to put an end to the attacks and its repression of the Saharawis in the occupied territories of Western Sahara.
Saharawi citizens peacefully celebrating the victory of the Algerian team at the African Cup of Nations were attacked by Moroccan repressive forces using weapons such as tear gas and rubber bullets, causing many casualties, and provoced the death of young Sabah.
SPS 24/07/2019 – Windhoek (Namibia) 24 July 2019 (SPS)-The World Federation of Democratic Youth – African Regional Commission (WFDY-ARC) issued an urgent Media Release on Wednesday, condemning Moroccan oppression against the people of Western Sahara these last few days and calling on all progressive organizations to adopt firm position against the Moroccan violations.
In its release signed by the Vice-President of the WFDY, Mr. Naftali Kambungu, the Commission “calls for all progressive youth organizations in Africa and the world to take a firm stand against Moroccan human rights abuses and brutality in Western Sahara”, and “condemn all human rights abuses committed by Moroccan forces against the Sahrawi people.”
The Commission also indicated it “is worried about the unprecedented barbaric and diabolic activities which are being carried out by the Moroccan authorities in Western Sahara with no remorse to the international law,” considering that “the youth of Africa can no longer digest the current status quo of Western Sahara being the last colony of Africa, we need it as an independent state.”
Brasilia, July 23, 2019.
We, the Brazilian Popular Movements, strongly express our utter condemnation of the brutal repression that the invasion authorities in the Western Sahara areas carried out against the people who peacefully expressed their joy over the victory of the Algerian soccer team at the African Nations Cup, on July 20th this year.
The shocking images of repression filled us with outrage, particularly the death of 24-year-old Saharawi Sabah Azman, intentionally hit by a Moroccan police car and the continuing detention campaign.
We denounce the continuing violations of human rights by the Moroccan invasion authorities, and demand that the United Nations definitively resolve this situation of injustice by conducting a self-determination referendum whereby the Saharawi people can freely express their opinion. Read more
Kampala (Uganda) 24 July 2019 (SPS)- The Chairman of the Pan African Club of Uganda, Mr. Oscar Kasya, expressed his organization’s solidarity with the Saharawi people on Monday, condemning Moroccan continues “primitive” and “greedy” colonialism in Western Sahara.
“We wish to reiterate our position that we stand with you and we will always stand with you because the world knows you are innocent but your crime are your lucrative phosphates from which Morocco illegally earns millions of USD each year, as your fisheries and other minerals. The world is watching and your just struggle must win. Shame on primitive colonialism, greed and violation of human rights,” the letter stresses.
In the same vein, Oscar Kasya, affirmed that his organisation “would like in a spirit of African solidarity to condemn in the strongest terms, the unmerited repression, murder, exploitation and oppression” exercised against Saharawi by the Moroccan occupation.
“Solidarity with the people of Western Sahara”
Bangladesh Youth Union strongly stands beside UJSARIO and the oppressed people of western Sahara.
Bangladesh Youth Union condemns the recent attack on sahrawis peaceful celebration led by Moroccan authority. Bangladesh Youth Union believes it’s an act of brutal ethnic cleansing which violates the laws of humanity and justice.
Bangladesh Youth Union stands beside the family and comrades of Sabah Othman Almida who was ran over by Moroccan military vehicle and died. Bangladesh Youth Union is calling all the progressive youth and humanitarian organizations around the world to focus on the suffering of the sahwaris of Western Sahara and stand by them.
Bangladesh Youth Union also demands to release the innocent sahwaris who are captured, tortured and imprisoned forcefully by Moroccan authority.
While the Algerian football team won the African Cup of Nations (CAN), thousands of Saharawi took to the streets of many cities in the territories occupied by Morocco to both celebrate the event but also denounce the plundering of their natural resources, massive unemployment and demanding the release of political prisoners including those of Gdeim Izik.
In El Aaiun, the army rushed on the crowd with vehicles. 23-year-old Sabah Othman Omeida lost her life, crushed. In total there are more than a hundred wounded and dozens of arrests. Among them, many Sahrawi women whose faces are systematically disfigured with batons. In the prisons, torture and rape have become the rule.
The Polisario Front denounced this new brutal aggression against Saharawi civilians in the occupied territories.
To the honorable members of the Security Council of the United Nations
The Western Sahara Foundation, Public Law Institution, which is registered under Number 06/0119 of the Registry of Foundations (CAEx.), and in the fulfillment of its purposes, among which is the human rights of the Saharawi population, recognized and declared of Public Utility by the Spanish State, in accordance with Law 50/2002 of December 26, and before the latest events, which reproduce the situation experienced by the Saharawi people, in the non-autonomous territory, and for which Moroccan forces used indiscriminate violence against the Saharawi population, on July 19/20 and following days, including the use of real fire / firearms, water cannons, tear gas, house-to-house raids and where the occupation forces conducted kidnappings and mass arbitrary detentions including that of minors and children.
Facing the death in the early hours of July 20, the young Saharawi, 24-year-old Sabah Othman Ahmeida (Injourni), who according to all sources consulted by this Foundation, was hit by a vehicle from the Moroccan authorities, and as consequence of which suffered wounds that caused her death.
Rome, July 22, 2019 The Italian network of solidarity with the Saharawi people condemned the brutal repression of Saharawi citizens in the territories occupied by the Moroccan occupation forces, calling for an independent investigation into the circumstances of the assassination of young Sabah Othman Hmeida, on the sidelines of the peaceful celebration last Friday the victory of the Algerian team in the final of the CAN 2019.
The network said in a statement that the brutal intervention of Moroccan forces has left dozens wounded, recalling that the young Saharawi woman Sabah Othman Hmeida suffered an intentional fatal accident by the Moroccan police.
“Last Friday, July 19th, thousands of Sahrawis took to the streets of the capital, El-Aaiun, to peacefully celebrate the victory of Algeria against Senegal in the final of the African Cup of Nations (Can 2019) They were brutally beaten and arrested by the Moroccan army and a 23-year-old girl died, “the network said.
In the face of the savage repression and repeated violent attacks against the defenseless Saharawi population in Western Sahara, occupied by the Moroccan army, we want to denounce the murders, such as that of the young Sabah Azman Hamida, 23, deliberately hit by a vehicle of the auxiliary forces, raiding their homes, kidnapping teenagers, causing them serious injuries. We want to denounce the complicity of the Spanish Government, which looks the other way, and strongly urge you to intervene decisively and demand that the Kingdom of Morocco respect the most elementary Human Rights, and enforce United Nations Resolutions, and stop selling Spanish anti-riot equipment with which the Saharawi people are massacred who peacefully demosntrated for the freedom and independence of their country.
That it be interested in the wounded and disappeared, the brutal repression that the Saharawi population is suffering, and, as it speaks of the defense of Human Rights in Venezuela or in Syria, ask that MINURSO extend its mandate to the protection of human rights. That it defends before the authorities of Morocco, to be able to enter the Territory to inform about the serious situation that this brother town is going through, and not imprison the Saharawi journalists who are trying to inform. Morocco does not want to know what happens in the so-called Saharawi “Guantanamo”.