Sahrawi activist, Sultana Khaya calls on international community to intervene

Algiers, 9 January 2022 (SPS) - The Sahrawi human rights activist, Sultana Khaya, called Sunday on the international community to intervene to help her face the 461-day siege imposed by the Moroccan occupation authorities at her home in the occupied city of Boujdour.

Sultana Khaya said in a statement to APS that "she and her family are under strict police surveillance and are not allowed to go out and visit their families.

The occupation forces also prevent the activist from going out for medical treatment.

The activist also said that her family "is deprived of water and electricity" and stressed that the Moroccan occupation forces use all inhumane means to torture her because of her insistence on raising the flag of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) on the roof of her house to reaffirm the commitment of the Sahrawi people to their right to self-determination and independence.

Sultana Khaya stressed, moreover, that "following the repressive attacks that the Moroccan security forces regularly carry out against her home in Boujdour, her family is deprived of sleep.

She said, in this regard, that "Moroccan security forces continue to follow her in order to prevent her from documenting their crimes," calling on the international community to "put more pressure on the Moroccan Makhzen regime to lift the siege unjustly imposed on her."

The Sahrawi activist further called on the international community and human rights organizations to "assume their responsibilities" and "protect" the Sahrawi people who face a "genocide" since the resumption of the armed struggle on November 13, 2020, in response to the blatant violation by the Moroccan occupier of the ceasefire agreement of 1991 (following the aggression of El-Guerguerat).

"The Moroccan violations have progressed dramatically," said Sultana Khaya in this regard.

Sultana Khaya, has been assaulted and raped several times, and her two sisters and the rest of the family have suffered all kinds of aggression, violence, and harassment.