The members of the UN Human Rights Council (CDH) have widely been informed about the daily human rights violations by the Polisario leadership and its torturers against the Sahrawi populations in Tindouf camps. The denunciation comes from a former Polisario executive dissident, Bayat Zighem, who has taken the floor last Thursday at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, to unveil the repeated violations of human rights and liberties in Polisario camps, in front of the passive watching of the hosting country’s authorities, Algeria. It is regrettable, has deplored Zighem, who was addressing the plenary meeting of the CDH 18th session, that Polisario camps continue being the theatre of the most dreadful human rights violations, in the absence of all kind of international protection. Thus, has he invited the Council to assume its responsibility towards the populations sequestrated during decades in these camps, calling him to put an end to « these inhuman practices which only extend the collective suffering and suppression from which the population is suffering”.
Having himself lived in these camps and having been a member of the Polisario, Zighem has said to have himself been witnessing these practices including sequestration, deprivation of detained people’s right to rejoin their homeland, misappropriation of humanitarian aids and refusal of the population’s census. All these practices, has he denounced, happen within an atmosphere of terror established by the Polisario militia since more than thirty years. The Sahrawi dissident has, besides, stated that the population sequestrated in the Polisario camps expect that the Council would give them some hope that there would be an end to these atrocities and that they would be able to return to their families in the Southern regions of Morocco. The noble mission of human rights defense, he supports, requires that everything be implemented so as to guarantee the respect in every place and circumstances. This way, the pertinent mechanisms and special procedures, as well as those delegated by the Council, should benefit from the concerned States of all the necessary assistance to accomplish their mission at their best way, has he insisted.