Morocco’s permanent representative to the UN, ambassador Omar Hilale, exposed, Wednesday before the 4th Committee of the United Nations, the human rights violations perpetrated by Polisario in the Tindouf camps.
"The international community cannot remain silent in face of human rights violations in the Tindouf camps which are perpetrated by the armed separatist movement of Polisario," Hilale told the members of the Fourth Committee.
People are demonstrating for months now against Polisario in these camps, which are under a military and security blockade, the diplomat said, adding that this separatist movement has resorted to violent repression and heavy military means against protesters.
These violations are amply described and listed by the UN Secretary General in his latest report to the Security Council on the Moroccan Sahara issue (October 9, 2019), he said.
This report refers notably to the cases of three bloggers living in the camps: Bouzid Aba Bouzid, Mahmoud Zeidan, El Fadel Oueld Braika, who were kidnapped and detained incommunicado, tortured and deprived of family visits and medical services. Their crime is that they have dared to criticize and denounce the leaders of Polisario, he said.
The report also mentions the forced disappearance of former Polisario executive Sidi Ahmed El Khalil, whose brother asked the Fourth Committee last Thursday to help clarify his fate, Hilale added.
Hilale also cited the case of four women, Maloma Morales, Darya Embarek Salma, Nadjiba Mohamed Belkacem and Koria Badbad Hafe, whose sequestration in the camps, despite calls from the Spanish Parliament and several international organizations, is irrefutable proof of the abhorrent practices to which women are subjected by Polisario.
"Finally, the protection of the populations of the Tindouf camps requires their registration by the UNHCR in accordance with international law and Security Council resolutions since 2011. The absence of this census unfortunately encourages the embezzlement of humanitarian aid by the armed group of Polisario, which was denounced by the UNHCR, the World Food Programme and the European Union ", the diplomat pointed out.