Virtual international seminar on human rights situation in occupied Saharawi territory

Geneva (Switzerland), 20 February 2021 (SPS) - The National Mechanism for Human Rights Coordination on Friday organized an online seminar under the title “working with international human rights mechanisms to shoulder their responsibilities for the protection of Saharawis under occupation.”

The seminar discussed possible ways to protect human rights in the occupied territories of Western Sahara, highlighting the role of the relevant African Union mechanisms, with both parties to the conflict being member states of the Union.

The speakers reviewed the importance of taking the advantage of various UN and AU mechanisms to provide a genuine protection for human rights, being systematically violated by the occupying Moroccan state.

Addressing the audience, Minister of Occupied Territories and Communities Abroad, Mr. Mohamed El Uali Akeik, highlighted the increasing wave of disgraceful practices and arbitrary arrests carried out by the occupying Moroccan state against the Saharawi civilians in occupied Western Sahara, especially in the aftermath of Morocco’s recent aggression on November 13th, 2020.

He, in this context, mentioned the case of the Saharawi family Ahl Sid Brahim Jaya in the occupied city of Boujadur, whose house been under tight security siege since more than three months.

The seminar heard a moving speech by Saharawi human rights activist Sultana Jaya, in which she made an urgent appeal to the international bodies, especially International Red Cross Committee, to assume their responsibilities to protect the Saharawi civilians under Moroccan occupation.

The participants stressed the need to use all the means established by the international humanitarian law, international human rights law and regional mechanisms concerned. (SPS)

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