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SADR/MOROCCO/DENIAL

Polisario invites the UN to investigate in the Saharawi refugees camps the Moroccan "allegations" of an uprising in favour of Rabat

03.06.05

 

 

 

 

Geneva, 03/06/2006 (SPS) Polisario Front "categorically" denied "Moroccan false allegations", according to which "a political uprising took place in the Saharawi refugees camps, with flags and pro-Moroccan slogans". It further invited the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNCHR) to come investigate on the ground, according to a press released publicised on Saturday by Polisario Front Representation in Geneva.

 

"Put in difficult situation by the determination and firm will of the Saharawi people wherever they are, in the occupied zones, in the liberated territories or in the refugee camps, the regime of Morocco did not found other counterattack except lies, manipulation and propaganda", the press release stressed.

 

"The only uprising" in the region, for the last 30 years, is that of the "Saharawi people against the Moroccan colonial presence in the Western Sahara, which is a presence maintained in complete disdain to the international law and legality", the text added.

 

To be fixed about the truth or falsehood of these allegations, POLISARIO Front invites the UNCHR to "immediately come to investigate, on the ground, of the human right situation as a whole".

 

Morocco, which "pretends, these days, to be concerned about the respect of the rights of Saharawis, can thus support this request", the press release stressed.

 

POLISARIO finally renewed its call on the UN to "undertake the necessary measures so as permanent mechanisms of follow up of the human rights situation be created in all zones where the mission of the MINURSO works" and especially in El Aaiun, Smara, Dakhla and Boujdour so as to "prevent any drift and inform the UN Security Council on the registered abuses".

 

Moroccan officials and press in Rabat and Paris pretend, these last two day, that there is an alleged popular uprising in the Saharawi refugee camps in favour of the Moroccan colonial thesis. (SPS)

 

020/090/100/TRD 031007 June 06 SPS

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SPS
SADR/MOZAMBIQUE

The Envoy of the President of the Republic received by President Guebuza of Mozambique

 

 

 

 

 

Maputo, 03/06/2006 (SPS) The President of the Republic’s Envoy, Mohamed Yeslem Beissat, Secretary General of the Ministry for Foreign Affair, was received on Friday by the President of the Mozambique, Armando Emilio Guebuza, to whom he handed over a letter from his Saharawi counterpart, Mohamed Abdelaziz, indicated a Saharawi press release.

 

The letter is related to "the last developments of the situation in the Western Sahara, the efforts of the UN for the instauration of peace in the region, the means to reinforce the relations between the two countries as well as the question of common interest", the press release further stressed.

 

Mr. Guebuza renewed the position of "traditional and firm support" of his country "to the struggle of the Saharawi people against the foreign domination, and for their independence and freedom", the press release added.

 

The audience was attended by Mr. Dih Moctar Daf, chargé d'Affaires at the Saharawi Embassy in Maputo and by the Mozambican Minister for Foreign Affairs, as well as other Mozambican senior officials, it was indicated.

 

In a statement to the press after the meeting, the Mozambican Foreign Affairs Ministry launched an appeal to the international community to "put an end to this cause of decolonisation and enable the Saharawi people to chose their destiny through a self-determination as it is the case of all other decolonisation issues", it was stressed. (SPS)

 

010/090/100/TRD 031202 June 06 SPS

 

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OCCUPIED TERRITORIES/REPRESSION

Thirteen persons arrested and seven houses ransacked during demonstrations in El Aaiun

 

 

 

 

 

El Aaiun (occupied territories), 03/06/2006 (SPS) Moroccan forces of occupation arrested 13 Saharawi citizens during demonstrations that took place on Thursday in El Aaiun, in solidarity with the young Saharawi, Saiidi Salek, who was burned with benzene by Moroccan police in a police station in the occupied capital of the Western Sahara, concordant sources reported.

 

Demonstrators raised the flags of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic and chanted slogans advocating self-determination of the Saharawi people and asking for the "immediate withdrawal" of the Moroccan occupation of the Saharawi territories.

 

The Moroccan forces of repression "brutally" intervened to disperse the demonstrators and arrested the Saharawi citizens: Lekhlifi Lemaïti, Brahim Aboiled, Abdallah Aboiled, Hreima Amin, El Emir Lekhlifa, Tariq Mohamed Yahya, Brahim Belkheir, Vala Chtouki, Sleima Oumar Hamda and Boussaoula Baba Ahmed.

 

They also ransacked seven Saharawi houses and destroyed the goods and property of their owners, the same sources added.

 

On another hand, the father of Saiidi Salek, who was interpellated by the Moroccan colonial authorities in El Aaiun trying to "intimidate", reaffirmed that he will not "stop before he knows all the truth about what happened to his son".

 

On it side the Saharawi Association of the victims of the flagrant human rights violations committed by the Moroccan State has warned last May against "the escalade in the over use of power and the blockage of investigation procedures" regarding hundreds complaints the justice receives, what is "aggravating the situation and encouraging the secret services and security forces to do what ever they want so as to quiet the demonstration with impunity".

 

On his part, the President of the Republic, Mohamed Abdelaziz, had called on the UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, to intervene vis-à-vis Morocco to stop the repression in the Western Sahara after the torture inflicted to Mr. Saiidi Salek, burned with benzene, last May the 28th in a police station in El Aaiun, it should be recalled. (SPS)

 

020/090/110/TRD 031250 June 06 SPS

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OCCUPIED TERRITORIES/REPRESSION

Saharawi NGOs call on the international community for the protection of the Saharawi civilians

 

 

 

 

El Aaiun (occupied territories), 03/06/2006 (SPS) The Saharawi Association of the victims of the flagrant human rights violations committed by the Moroccan State (ASVVGDHEM) and the collective of the Saharawi human rights defenders in the Western Sahara called on the international community, especially the UN and the UN Security Council to "assume their responsibilities" vis-à-vis the human rights situation in the Western Sahara and to adopt "urgent measures" to protect the Saharawi citizens from the aggressions of the Moroccan security forces.

 

The two NGOs denounced the "criminal" act to which the Saharawi youth was subject to, Saiidi Salek, who was burned last Sunday with benzene in the police station of the criminal police in the occupied capital of the Western Sahara, according to press releases the two NGOs publicised lately, of which SPS received a copy.

 

They also denounced the conditions of detention of the Saharawi political prisoner and the intimidations inflicted by the Moroccan colonial authorities to Saharawi families during their sojourn in the occupied cities within the framework of the UNHCR supervised families visits exchange, in addition to the torture against children.

 

On it side the Saharawi Association of the victims of the flagrant human rights violations committed by the Moroccan State has warned last May against "the escalade in the over use of power and the blockage of investigation procedures" regarding hundreds complaints the justice receives, what is "aggravating the situation and encouraging the secret services and security forces to do what ever they want so as to quiet the demonstration with impunity".

 

It further warned against the continuity of the violations that may push he region to more agitation, what risks to be an "element of threat to the already fragile stability that risks to explode in any moment", it should be recalled. (SPS)

 

020/090/110/TRD 031425 June 06 SPS

 

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