Spanish adoptive families of three young Sahrawi women, kidnapped and held against their will in the camps of Tindouf, lodged a complaint with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) against Algeria and the polisario. They are the families of Darya Embarek Selma, Najiba Mohamed Belkacem and Koria Badbad Hafed, three young Sahrawi women kidnapped and held against their will in the camps of Tindouf, on the Algerian territory, by their biological families for years. In a press release run by Spanish media outlets, the families said that they took this stand to denounce the failure of the Algerian government and the polisario to protect, preserve and ensure the rights of these women.

After attempting dialogue and waiting for the release of these young women, "we decided to join hands and file a complaint with the OHCHR," wrote the release published by Spanish paper "El Diario".

The families urged the UN working group on arbitrary detention to intervene and investigate the complicity between the Algerian government and the polisario in relation with human rights abuses perpetrated against the said women.
(MAP)

08/02/2017