After vain attempts to obtain the Algerian government’s authorisation to visit Tindouf to enquire about the life conditions of Sahrawis living in Lahmada camps, a Moroccan NGO calls the UN to save the life of three sequestrated Sahrawis. The OMDH has recently sent a letter to the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, asking him to intercede with Algiers’ authorities to release the Sahrawis, unjustly imprisoned in the Polisario jails.
These people have been sentenced for the only reason of having criticized the precarious life conditions in the camps and the misappropriation of international humanitarian aids by some Polisario leaders.
The OMDH, saying to be sharing the concerns of the three prisoners’ families destiny, after their being transferred to unidentified detention places in Algeria, asks Ban Ki-moon to undertake necessary measures for the immediate release of the three prisoners of conscience: Mr. Mohamed M’barek Ahmed Hammou alias Bellouh (47 years old), arrested, last November, by the Polisario armed militias, and his cousin, Mr. Ahmed Salem Chibani Hammou and Mr. Mohamed Salek Ould Keya. Considering the very concerning situation in the camps of Tindouf and the serious human rights violations undergone by the three prisoners and many other Sahrawis, the OMDH urges the UN SG to “insure that the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees achieve their mission in this context”. The NGO asks also these entities to protect the three detained people, to insure their fundamental rights to life and to physical integrity and to intervene as soon as possible to put an end to such worrying situation.