Human rights violations in Tindouf camps in the hot seat in Geneva

The continuing of human rights violations in Tindouf camps has been once again sharply denounced by the NGOs representatives and delegates taking part in the meetings of the 17th session of the UN Human Rights Council (CDH) taking place from the 30th May to 17th June 2011 in Geneva. In its intervention, the representative of the Feminine Action Union (UAF), Mimouna Essayed, has evoked the case of persons transferred following armed conflicts ant their right to development, regretting that this requirement is not respected in Tindouf camps managed by the Polisario, to the detriment of the population from a Moroccan origin.

The Sahrawi population sequestrated in these camps, has specified the UAF delegate, is not only exposed to the most despicable human rights violations but is also deprived of the right to aspire to a better life. She has, moreover, regretted that the population sequestrated in Polisario camps continues to be the exception as they are still deprived of the right to development, one of the most fundamental rights of the human being.
The Feminine Action Union has finally asked the CDH to put an end to this situation and to intervene so that the population in Tindouf camps may meet its families in the Southern Moroccan provinces, within the autonomy frame which guarantees its full socio-economic rights.
The same tone was observed by the RADHO delegate (African meeting for human rights defence), Charles Graves, from the International Committee for the respect and implementation of the African Charter for human beings and peoples’ rights, El-Bachir Eddahy and the International Agency for Development – Federation help, Hamdi Cherif. These participating people have shared the preoccupation of their NGOs and stated the persistence of human rights violations in Tindouf camps. They have also insisted on the principle of freedom of expression, an indicator of democracy which is completely flouted by the Polisario militia in Tindouf camps. Any person which expresses an independent and different point of view in these camps, they reveal, undergoes physical and psychological torture. They have evoked in this context the particular case of the former police executive of the Polisario, Mustapha Salma Ould Sidi Mouloud, calling the Council to intervene in favour of this humanitarian case, so that he may join his family in Tindouf and express freely his opinions.
The delegates of these NGOs have also asked the CDH to pay a particular attention to the humanitarian situation in Tindouf camps, specifying that the Moroccan proposal for autonomy offers to the sequestrated populations in Tindouf the possibility to return to their homeland, Morocco, and to fully enjoy their rights.

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