Ministry of Occupied Territories denounces Moroccan violations of Sahrawi rights, Spanish complicity (Communiqué)

Shaheed Alhafed, January 26, 2019 (SPS) - The Ministry of occupied territories and Communities has condemned in the strongest terms the violations carried out by Morocco against the rights of the Sahrawis in the occupied territories of Western Sahara, southern Morocco and Sahrawi political detainees in Moroccan prisons.

In a communiqué, it also condemned the Spanish government's complicity with the Moroccan occupation, the last of which was the handover of militant Hussein Ould Bashir Ould Brahim to the Moroccan authorities.

The Ministry called on international organisations and associations, especially the Spanish and French to expose the complicity of their governments and their continued support for the Moroccan occupation regime.

It also called on all militant men and women of the Polisario Front in the camps of dignity and honour and communities to support and sympathise with besieged Sahrawi people in the occupied territories and southern Morocco.

Below is the full text of the communiqué issued by the Ministry of Occupied Territories and Communities:

“Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic

January 22, 2019

Communiqué

It is expected that the king of Spain will visit Morocco soon, the visit that was postponed more than once because of Moroccan blackmail against Spain on issues related to secret immigration, drugs and terrorism, a Spanish policy based on swapping economic interests and commercial position for law and ethics, its obvious interpretation can be seen today in the close connection between the postponement of the visit of the Spanish King to Morocco, many times, and the latter's desire to actuate pressure papers and exploit them, so as to ensure the continuity of its complicity, silence, and deny its historical responsibility towards its former colony of Western Sahara.

Spain, which colonized Saguia el Hamra and Rio de Oro for more than 100 years, subsequently ceded it to the Moroccan occupation and supported it in all international forums and decision-making positions, even worse while its officials, starting from the king and ending with the government, declare that they support the peaceful process to decolonise their former colony and that they are for the determination of the Sahrawi people, Spain excels in preparation and drawing of malicious plans with its twin of Moroccan colonial regime in order to place obstacles in the way of the struggle of the Sahrawi people, to infiltrate international decision-making positions to thwart any attempt to move the Sahrawi issue towards a just and lasting solution, just as what happened in the signing of the Fishing Agreement between Morocco and the European Union, or rather common theft, which showed the false slogans of democracy and respect for the will of the peoples. Spain, France and Portugal were the major players in all moves of the European Commission, may be the visits of members of the European Parliament as well as the visit of Federica Mogherini to Morocco and praises of new Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to owner of miracles and bribes King VI of Morocco for the Socialist elites, gave a full picture of how the Spanish Governments continue to sell and resell the Sahrawis, land, humans and riches to the Kingdom of Morocco, home to corruption and bribery, and double standards the extreme of political hypocrisy.   

Spain not only colonized, looted and denied its historical responsibility towards our just cause, but also in a dangerous precedent, it has handed over a peaceful Sahrawi resistant and a human rights defender to the Moroccan authorities, it concerned Hussein Ould Bashir Ould Brahim who was born on 03/01/1991, he arrived on 11/01/2019 in Spain seeking political asylum in the Canary Islands where he was handed over by the Spanish authorities to Morocco in the city of Nador on 17 January 2019, in complete and serious violation of the laws of asylum seekers, which confirms the Spanish-Moroccan shameful complicity, not only it did shameful silence, but it has gone beyond it to place all obstacles in the major historical turning points of our national cause, at the United Nations, the Security Council and the European Union in an attempt to override the legitimacy of our right to freedom and dignity. Further confirmation of the European support, especially Spain and France for the Moroccan occupation is the protection offered by these colonial powers for  the regime of invasion and the freedom it enjoys in continuing violations and the confiscation of the rights of Sahrawis, as was the case with the recent delegation of human rights whose members were surrounded from every direction, they were prevented from moving between Sahrawi cities and even towards southern Morocco, they were also trapped inside their homes and not allow to exit or enter them, in the same logic of disregard and spirit of oppression journalists and human rights activists were prevented from travelling, as was the case with two journalists Haddi Embarak Bakna and Sidati Hymad, who were intending to move from occupied Boujadour towards occupied El-Aaiun, the arrest yesterday of journalist Mohammed-Ali Haddi in occupied El-Aaiun, and the summoning for trial sent by the Moroccan authorities to former political prisoner Sidi Babeit to appear before the Court of Appeal, in an attempt may not be the first, to summon the remaining Sahrawi  men and women who exceeded 160 detainees on the background of the barbaric dismantling of the Gdeim Izik camp on 08/11/2010.

Not to forget the trial tomorrow of human rights activist and journalist Brahim Dehani.

In this context, and in light of all these developments, which do not imply the occupier's resort to sit at the table for a serious and fruitful dialogue and a sincere search for a peaceful and just solution that will end the suffering of the Sahrawi people, we in the Ministry of the Occupied Territories and Communities declare the following:

-We strongly condemn and denounce the Spanish government's complicity with the Moroccan occupation, the last of which was the handover of militant Hussein Ould Bashir Ould Brahim to the Moroccan authorities on 17/01/2019.

-We strongly condemn the violations carried out these days by the Moroccan authorities of repression, torture and siege against our people in the occupied territories and southern Morocco and Sahrawi political detainees in Moroccan prisons.

-We call on all international organisations and associations, especially the Spanish and French to expose the complicity of their governments and their continued support for the Moroccan occupation regime.

-We call on all militant men and women of the Polisario Front in the camps of dignity and honour and communities to support and sympathise with besieged Sahrawi people in the occupied territories and southern Morocco.

Strength, Determination and Will for Imposing Independence and Sovereignty.

Ministry of the Occupied Territories and Communities" (SPS)

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