Two Australian journalists described the enslavement of black Africans by the Polisario at a meeting at the United Nations in New York on 12 October 2007.
This is a contravention of Article 4 of the United Nations' Unviversal Declaration of Human Rights, which states:
"No one shall be held in slavery of servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms."
As signatory to the United Nations' 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Algeria should ensure the safety and security of the Saharawi Refugees.
Tindouf is however a military zone, from which all non-military personnel are excluded, yet the refugees are confined to this area and are kept in close proximity to military training grounds. This is in further contravention of United Nations' charters which specifically require signatory states to ensure the safety of refugees away from military zones.