Pan African Club condemns harassment of human rights activists in occupied Western Sahara

Uganda, 21 February 2021 (SPS) - Pan African Club, through its branch in Uganda, has condemned harassment of the Saharawi human rights activists by occupying Moroccan forces, confirming that the Forum is following with interest the state of Morocco’s ongoing abuses in the occupied territories of Western Sahara.

The Forum, in a statement received by SPS, noted that Morocco has turned the occupied territories of Western Sahara into a “vast prison”, with torture and abuses being widespread after Morocco’s violation of ceasefire agreement on 13 November 2020.

The statement called upon the African Union, Pan-African Parliament, United Nations and global civil society to play their role in rapidly putting an end to this humanitarian tragedy sooner rather than later.

By surrounding the house of the family of Saharawi activist Sultana Jaya, who suffered serious head and facial injuries, the Forum underlined that occupying Moroccan authorities are trying to dissuade Saharawi activists from demanding their basic rights, namely rejecting the injustice imposed by occupying Moroccan state on their people.

Condemning strongly the impunity enjoyed by the perpetrators of those humanitarian crimes, the statement described as an “unacceptable practice in such a civilized world” the torture, harassments and suppression of freedoms of the Saharawi people.

It, moreover, noted that there are certainly numerous unreported violations of human rights, dangerously taking place in the occupied territories of Western Sahara.

Pan African Forum is a Uganda-based think tank center bringing together activists from across the African continent, who fight for justice and peace. (SPS)