For the nth time, a demonstration was organized by human rights militants to denounce all kinds of abuses in Tindouf camps. It happened in the headquarters of the UNO representation in Rabat, and gathered on Tuesday 10th August, some hundred militants from humanitarian NGOs.
Making the most of this sit-in, the demonstrators have submitted to the executives of the UNO Office, a letter addressed to the UNO Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, urging him to work for the raising of the siege imposed to Moroccan Sahrawis sequestrated in Tindouf camps, in the South-West of Algeria. The letter was signed by some twenty associations representing the civil society and supervised by the “Association pour le renouveau de la femme sahraouie marocaine”, an association for the boosting of the Moroccan Sahrawi woman which headquarters are in Guelmim, in the South of the Kingdom.
The letter signatories call the UNO and the international community to intervene immediately to put an end to the suffering and ordeal of thousands of people detained against their will, since more than 35 years, in Lahmada camps. The sit-in was also an opportunity for a number of human rights defenders, present at place, to ask for the release of the detained people locked up in the desert, in Polisario jails. They have also asked for the census of Sahrawi populations by UN specialized agencies.
For many associations and NGO’s leaders who have participated in this demonstration, the situation of confusion in which are kept the Sahrawi populations in Tindouf, is beneficial only to the leaders of the Separatist movement. Knowing that they speculate in the number of people there, to ask for the international aid which, once obtained, it is misappropriated for their own benefit, sometimes even before it reaches the real recipient.
This sit-in, as supported by Souhail Assalka and Annajmi Assalek, respectively, president and coordinator of the above mentioned association for the Moroccan Sahrawi woman, has offered the demonstrators the opportunity to denounce the barbarian practices perpetrated by the Polisario band against the Sahrawi population.