The international mobilization gets stronger around the Polisario dissident, Mustapha Salma Ould Sidi Mouloud, arrested as prisoner on the Algerian territory for having openly supported the Moroccan autonomy plan for the Western Sahara. France has also maintained that it is following with great attention this matter which is a violation of basic human rights.
In its first official reaction since the abduction by the Polisario of its police chief, on the 21st September, the French Foreign Affairs Department has specified that it is following « the situation of Mustapha Salma Ould Sidi Mouloud with great attention ». France official reaction comes in keeping with international protestations which have followed the arrest of the Polisario executive. In Paris, a group of jurists and university professors have created a vigilance and support committee to defend mustapha Salma and to put pressure on Algiers to obtain his freedom. The same mobilization can be noticed within human rights NOGs. Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have notably pointed at the Algerian authorities for their responsibility in the detention of Mustapha Salma on their territories.
On its side, Morocco has called the Secretary General of the UN and the EU to put pressure on Algiers to make it guarantee the physical integrity of Mustapha Salma against the Polisario reprisals, especially that the Polisario police chief has been arrested for having expressed his support to the autonomy plan in the Western Sahara, and decided to explain his convictions to his compatriots, retained in shameful conditions since more than three decades in the Tindouf desert camps, in Algeria.