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.

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Morocco continues with arrests and raids in El Aaiun

PUSL.- According to various sources on the ground, the city of El Aaiun in occupied Western Sahara continues to be the scene of arrests, identification and raids on Saharawi homes.

Moroccan occupation authorities since 19 July have kept the city of El Aaiun and other cities in the occupied territories under extreme control having transferred thousands of members of the various police, military, paramilitary and auxiliary forces who joined the huge contingent already present.

“We can’t be seen on the streets, the police are still searching and detaining young Saharawi, they want to get as many names on their lists and will later use many of these arbitrary arrests and identifications to bring us to court as they please.” T, 17 years old.

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Moroccan authorities stormed the funeral prayer of known Saharawi rapper FLITOX

PUSL.- Friday 28 of June the Moroccan authorities stormed the mosque in El Aaiun, occupied Western Sahara, to prevent the Saharawi population to attend the funeral praying of Said Uld Lili.

Said Lili, was a known Saharawi rapper known as FLITOX, his songs advocated for the independence of Western Sahara and he featured in a documentary on the reality of the illegal occupation of Western Sahara by Morocco.

Said Lili died on Sunday, June 23, in an attempt to emigrate to the Canary Islands with a group of 36 people in a boat. 20 more died in this attempt. His death of that of his boat companions occurred in mysterious circumstances and no investigation was initiated.

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Saharawi activist Ali Al-Taluki sentenced to one year’s imprisonment by the court of Smara

PUSL.- Ali Al-Taluki was sentenced yesterday to a one year prison sentence by the court of Smara, occupied territories of Western Sahara. The young man was accused of “assaulting public officials during the performance of their duties, participating in a demonstration and possession of a weapon”.

The brutal action of a Moroccan paramilitary command against Al-Taluki and two other activists is documented on video and proves that the whole charges are based on false police statements.

Moroccan authorities brutally beat three Saharawi activists at the reception of the political prisoner and journalist Salah Lebsir, who was released on 7 June. The Saharawi activists were immediately detained and subsequently brought to court.

After the brutal intervention in Smara, Salik Mubarak Abdi and Walid al-Salik Albatal were transferred on June 10 to the city of El Aaiun and presented to the court of appeal to the investigative judge.

Ali Al-Taluki was present at the court of Smara on the same day. Read more

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PUSL.- Souieh El Bachir was released yesterday at 5:00 p.m., after 3 days of arbitrary detention.

El Bachir was detained by the police on Sunday at 4:00 pm at the Ben El Mehdi Hospital in Aaiun, occupied Western Sahara for filming a Saharawi woman who was protesting because doctors at the hospital refused to treat her son with severe burns and to whom not even d the first aid was given.

El Bachir who was in the hospital and witnessed this situation began to record what was happening.

Immediately the police detained El Bachir who was taken to the police station where he was tortured by the police and detained for 73 hours.

On June 18 El Bachir was taken to the King’s procurator.

The video captured could prove at international level what is happening in hospitals in the occupied territories and the genocide that is practiced daily against the Saharawi people.

The judicial proceedings against El Bachir are now awaited. Read more

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Saharawi activists who were brutally beaten presented to court

PUSL.- The three activists that the Moroccan authorities brutally beat at the reception of the political prisoner and journalist Salah Lebsir, who was released on 7 June, were arrested and brought to court.

After the brutal intervention in Smara, Salik Mubarak Abdi and Walid al-Salik Albatal were transferred yesterday June 10 to the city of El Aaiun and presented to the court of appeal to the investigative judge.

Ali Al-Taluki was present at the court of Smara on the same day.

Salik Mubarak Abdi and Walid al-Salik Albatal are now detained in the black prison of El Aaiun in the occupied territories of Western Sahara.

According to several sources the three activists whose attack was filmed are in a serious health condition due to the beatings and subsequent torture by the Moroccan authorities.

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PUSL.- According to Sahrawi Human Rights Activists Moroccan occupation authorities arrested Eyub Ali Buyema, a young Sahrawi at the airport in Casablanca to prevent him from travelling for medical treatment today to Algiers and arrested him.

Moroccan occupation authorities arrested Eyub Ali Buyema at Casablanca airport as he was on his way to Algiers to receive medical treatment for his injuries that resulted from an intentional attack by a police car that run him over in 2018.

The young man and his mother were surprised at the airport by the Moroccan authorities when they alleged that the young Saharawi had an outstanding arrest warrant since 2016. This allegation is fabricated by the occupation authorities since if this was true they had ample opportunity to arrest him since he has spent several weeks in hospital in June 2018. The arrest warrant would have been issued when he was 16 years old and the inability of the Moroccan authorities to find a student in El Aaiun for two years is not at all credible.

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Moroccan authorities brutally beat several Saharawis at the reception to a political prisoner released in occupied Sahara

PÚBLICO.- A video released by Eqipe Media shows how a group they identify as Moroccan auxiliary forces is attacking three people who went to Smara to receive prisoner Salah Lebsir, who was released last Friday after serving four years in prison for participate in peaceful demonstrations for the self-determination of the Sahara.

A group of men armed with sticks brutally beat three Saharawi citizens in the Smara city of Western Sahara occupied by Morocco. That’s what Team Media reported in their Twitter account, where they posted a video that shows the aggression that occurred last Friday.

According to the Saharawi diplomatic correspondence website, three Saharawi citizens were intercepted in their car by a group of agents of Moroccan auxiliary forces armed with stakes that attacked them, pushed them out and beat them repeatedly.

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Hmad Hamad, Saharawi activist threatened with detention and victim of insults

PUSL.- CODAPSO vice-president, Hmad Hamad traveled from El Aaiun to Smara in the occupied territories of Western Sahara on Friday when he was detained at a checkpoint.

Hamad was to meet with other Saharawi activists in the town of Smara when he was detained at the checkpoint at the entrance to the City for an hour.

The agents of the Moroccan occupation authorities insulted Hamad and threatened to send him to prison. The insults and threats suffered are the result of his non-violent activity as an activist of the Saharawi cause.

After an hour of intense discussion and quick denunciation of what was happening by Smara activists on social networks, Hmad was released.

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14-year-old Saharawi arrested, beaten and ill-treated by the Moroccan police

PUSL / Jornal Tornado .- M’barek Mohamed Bani, a 14-year-old Saharawi student was victim of arbitrary arrest last Saturday, 25th of May 2019.

M’barek was participating in peaceful demonstration in the city of El Aaiun in occupied Western Sahara when the police arrested him without cause. He was never shown any arrest warrant or informed about the reasons of his detention and taken to the Police Station in Boucraa street.

After arriving there, the Moroccan occupation forces took his phone and viewed its content. When they saw that he used the Flag of the Saharawi Arabic Democratic Republic as a profile picture they started to spit in his face. Seeing that he had also pictures of the POLISARIO Front they started to beat him with their fists. The young student tried to protect his head and face as good as he could, whilst one of the police men hold him down and the other beat him.

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Detentions and hunger strikes and trials of Saharawi political prisoners

PUSL.- The Moroccan occupation regime continues its wave of arbitrary detentions of Saharawi activists.

Last Thursday, 25th of April Zein Abidin Salek “Bounaaje”, a former Saharawi political prisoner was detained and sent Saturday to the Black Jail of El Aaiun, known for its harsh conditions.

Zein Abidin Salek “Bounaaje will be presented to court today and is accused of drug possession although the real reason was his participations in a peaceful demonstration las Thursday when the Saharawi populations in El Aaiun went to the streets demanding self-determination and the end of the illegal occupation by Morocco. This demonstration was organized bu the Coordination of Saharawi Human Rights Associations.

The trial of Saharawi activist Ali Saadoni, which was postponed twice, is also scheduled for today. Read more

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