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Moroccan authorities arrest Four Saharawi activists in the occupied c of El Aaiun




The Moroccan colonial authorities in El Aaiun, the occupied capital of Western Sahara, arrested three Saharawi human rights activists and a fourth Saharawi citizen upon their entrance to the occupied city in their car coming from Guelmim (south Morocco).

The four citizens, Dr. Mustapha Tamek, member of the Collective of Saharawi Human Rights Defenders (CODESA)and Secretary General of the Moroccan Human Rights Association in Assa-Zag (AMDH-Assa.Zag), Mr. Mohamed Tamek, Human rights activist in many NGOs and active trade-unionist, Mr. Ali Banga, member of the AMDH-Assa.Zag, and Mr. Khatri Chakrad, a Saharawi citizen, who was accompanying the three men, were arrested by the Moroccan police at the northern security post of control the Moroccan have in El Aaiun.

According to a press release issued by the CODESA, the four detainees were arrested and transferred to the centre of the Moroccan Criminal Police in El Aaiun, while their families did not have any information about the reasons behind this detention.

The families of the victims, issued a press release, of which UPES received a copy, asking the international human rights organisations, the UN, the European Union and all relevant international bodies to press Morocco release the four innocent citizens, and to ask for their protection from any kind of torture or abuse of their fundamental rights.

The Moroccan colonial authorities tends to arrest any Saharawi, especially activists and demonstrators, expose them to brutal torture, humiliation and in many cases the victims are seriously injured or even killed under torture.

A mission of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, visited the Western Sa in 2006, after more than 30 years blackout on the human rights situation: It issued a report stressing that the Saharawi people should be given their right to elf-determination to put an end to a 30 year violent and bloody occupation, and to serious human rights violations committed by the regime of Rabat.

Instead of publishing the report, the UN decided to keep it secret. And the briefing that was leaked to the Medias was described by many Saharawis as, “the minimum the UN has ever done in relation to the human rights situation in the occupied zone, and it is discreditable that it keeps it secret”.