Spain must lead decolonization process in Western Sahara

Madrid, 5 June 2021 (SPS) - President of the Sahrawi Body against Moroccan Occupation (ISACOM), Aminatou Haidar noted an upsurge of violations by the Moroccan occupation against Sahrawi people since the resumption of the armed struggle last November, saying that "Spain must not only assume its responsibility towards the Sahrawi people but also lead the decolonization process in Western Sahara."

In an interview to the Spanish daily "El Publico," Haidar recalled the enduring violations and torture to which they are subjected members of the ISACOM, like Sahrawi activists Sultana Khaya and Mina Aba Ali.

"Many other activists were victims of acts of torture, harassment and violence, including Lahcen Dalil, who has Spanish nationality," she added.

Regarding the crisis between Morocco and Spain, the Sahrawi human rights activist said that "Morocco's practices are not new to Sahrawi people as Rabat has always adopted the blackmail policy against Spanish authorities.

In addition, Haidar welcomed "the bold position" of President Ibrahim Ghali, after his voluntary appearance before the Spanish court, recalling that this position "mirrors the commitment of the Sahrawi activists and people to the values of justice and rights.

She further warned against the dangerous situation in the occupied regions of Western Sahara, especially after the resumption of the armed struggle, stressing the need to protect Sahrawi civilians from Moroccan attacks. (SPS)