Associations denounce war crimes perpetrated in occupied Western Sahara

Paris, June 10, 2019 (SPS)- The associations of the Sahrawi community in France and in the northern countries denounced the war crimes perpetrated by the Moroccan occupation in Western Sahara, calling to take proceedings against the people involved in these criminal acts before competent international courts.

The associations underlined the urgent need to increase vigilance on the catastrophic human rights situation in the territories of occupied Western Sahara and to extend the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) to the monitoring of human rights, said a communiqué of these associations.

Reiterating their call to all the human rights organizations to exert pressure on the international community, notably France and to impute to them the full responsibility of the dangerous and systematic forms of repression in the region, forms of repression that are considered by the humanitarian international law as war crimes, the associations of the Sahrawi Diaspora stressed the need to open the occupied territories of Western Sahara to observers and international press to see the appalling crimes perpetrated against defenseless civilians, notably human rights activists and journalists.

They hailed the resistance of the Sahrawi people in the occupied cities and Morocco’s south, reiterating their unchanging and unconditional solidarity with the national resistance until the recovery of the Sahrawi people’s freedom and independence.

The authorities of the Moroccan occupation arrested and prevented on Saturday a group of activists and human rights defenders to head for occupied Al-Ayun in the city of Smara to visit Salah Lebsir, a liberated Sahrawi political detainee. On Friday, the Moroccan occupation forces arrested four young Sahrawis who tried to go to Salah Lebsir’s home.

It is important to underline that the Moroccan occupation forces impose an intense repressive blockade in the occupied city of Smara. 

Faced with this situation, the Polisario Front called on several UN bodies to intervene to end the brutality of the Moroccan occupation and impunity policy. (SPS)