The visit of the President of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, Kerry Kennedy, to the Polisario-controlled Tindouf camps was rather short.
The daughter of late Robert F. Kennedy and niece of the assassinated former U.S. President John Kennedy and the members of her accompanying delegation- come to assess the human rights situation on the ground in the Western Sahara and in the Tindouf camps- could not stay in the camps more than 24 hours, while their sojourn in the Moroccan city of Laayoune lasted for four days.
The US delegation’s visit schedule has actually been reduced to the minimum in time and space by the Polisario leadership to prevent any contact between the US human rights advocates and dissident groups and opponents to the policy followed by the Polisario leader, Mohamed Abdelaziz, and other strongmen of the Sahara independence-seeking front.
To prompt Mrs Kennedy and her delegation to shorten their stay in Tindouf, the Polisario security services advised them not to venture too far and not to linger in the camps because of persistent reports of a potential kidnapping plan hatched by members of the terrorist groups “Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb” (AQIM) and “the Movement for the uniqueness and jihad in West Africa” (MUJAO).
Mohamed Abdelaziz and his lieutenants have thus managed to prevent any contact between the US delegation members and the hundreds of anti-Polisario protesters who were waiting for them in the Rabouni camp to brief them on the abuses and inhuman treatment inflicted on them by the armed militias of the Polisario leadership.
The massive security apparatus and the numerous checkpoints set up by the Polisario and the Algerian security services and the Algerian army have prevented Sahrawi protesters from going from one camp to another during the US delegation’s visit.
The President of the Robert F. Kennedy Center and her accompanying delegation finally met only the people who have the blessing of Mohamed Abdelaziz.