The case of Polisario "criminal abuses" submitted to the African Human Rights commission

Geneva - The case of Polisario criminal abuses was submitted to the African human rights commission, an international organization announced in a conference in Geneva.

"The commission was submitted the case by several states which are accusing the Polisario of complicity with international terrorism and other criminal rings", said the chairman of the Action for peace and development in the Great Lakes region, Maurice Katala.

The Congolose activist who was speaking during a conference on "autonomy in the Sahara, culmination of a process" held on the sidelines of the UN human rights council noted that the African commission held a behind-closed doors hearing last May of a delegation from the separatist group.

Participants in the conference focused their discussions on the autonomy project for the Sahara put forward by Morocco and its compatibility with international standards, stressing that this initiative draws on the UN pertinent resolutions and constitutional provisions of states which are culturally and geographically close to Morocco as well as on internationally-recognized norms and standards.

"The autonomy formula holds the promise of a better future for the region populations, puts an end to separation and promotes reconciliation far from any partisan criteria", said the human rights activist who considered that the confusion maintained by Morocco's enemies between self-determination and independence has caused enormous harm to the African continent.

He also argued that failure to settle the Sahara issue is causing the continent a huge loss as regards economic development, stressing that experts estimated that this causes to the Arab Maghreb Union a loss of 200,000 jobs as well as two points of the annual GDP.

Also taking part in the conference was senator of the Aceh region (Indonesia), Fachrul Razi, who underscored that the Sahara "boasts a huge development potential that needs to be developed", citing the successful autonomy experience in the region of Aceh.

The Indonesian legislator also hoped that parties will move toward a compromise over the Moroccan project so that all Sahrawis are given a chance to get involved in the ongoing development process in the Sahara, insisting on the pertinence of the Moroccan initiative which he called "the best solution for the future, as it provides for cooperation between parties to put an end to a conflict that lasted for too long".