Independence Uprising Anniversary: International Community called to put more pressure on Moroccan occupier

Shaheed El-Hafed, 23 May 2020 (SPS) - The Sahrawi National Committee for Human Rights has praised the resistance and the struggle of the Sahrawis in the occupied territories against the Moroccan occupation forces, while calling on the international community to put pressure on Rabat to release all Sahrawi political prisoners and send independent international missions to investigate and find out about the human rights situation in the occupied Sahrawi territories.

On the occasion of the "15th anniversary of the uprising of independence", the Sahrawi National Committee for Human Rights, stressed in a statement that "21 May 2005 is an immortal memory in the history of our people", considering that "this uprising has become a thought and an approach of resistance, rooted in the struggle of the Sahrawi people through their peaceful struggle on the ground to wrest their independence".

It added that "the glorious uprising of independence revealed that the Moroccan state of occupation was a rogue country, because of its repressive policies and confiscation of Sahrawi human rights, and its successive crimes documented in the reports of international human rights organizations, such as (Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Freedom House, Frontline, Robert Kennedy Centre for Freedom and Justice , European Parliament, African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, etc.), which demand the protection of Sahrawi civilians, including the extension of the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Organization of a Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) to monitor and protect  human rights."

The Saharawi people, added the Committee, "has demonstrated by its continued resistance, that it is determined to extract its rights by all legitimate means, whatever the cost, by relying on the strength of the people and their national unity around their legitimate and unique representative, the Polisario Front ".

At the same time, the Sahrawi National Committee for Human Rights praised "the great firmness of Sahrawi civilians and Sahrawi prisoners in Moroccan jails, who have bravely defended the right of our people to independence and freedom, and they have shown unity and adherence to the principles of the Polisario Front and convictions of a well-established justice of the Saharawi cause ".

The Committee demanded "the immediate and unconditional release of all Saharawi defenders, activists and political prisoners, and abolition of mock and unjust judgments against them, disclosure of the fate of all missing persons and opening of the occupied territories of the Saharawi Republic to the international media and observers".

It also launched an appeal "to international institutions, the African Union, the European Union, the European Parliament and the United Nations agencies to implement the recommendations contained in the recent message of Secretary General, Mr. Guterres , addressed to the Security Council, to put pressure on the Moroccan regime to release all Sahrawi political prisoners and send independent international missions to investigate and find out about the human rights situation in the occupied territories of the Sahrawi Republic". (SPS)

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