UPES declares its solidarity and support to Ali Lemrabet
The Union of the Saharawi Journalists and Writers (UPES- in its Spanish abbreviation) declared unconditional solidarity and support to the Moroccan journalist, Ali Lemrabet, who is facing threats on his life, according to information revealed by an ex-Moroccan spy to a Moroccan weekly.
UPES expressed “full and unconditional solidarity and support to the Moroccan journalist, Ali Lemrabet, and declares the adoption of his case and its engagement in raising it with all relevant international bodies and organization. UPES also declares its solidarity with all honest, genuine and democratic voices in Morocco no matter how different their points of view and visions can be from the Saharawis”.
Here is the complete text of the press release:
Saharawi Journalists’ and Writers’ Union
The Saharawi journalists’ and Writers’ Union learned from many sources that the Moroccan journalist, Ali Lemrabet, well known in his country and in Spain as a free and genuine pen, who is banned by the Moroccan authorities in his own homeland because of the testimony he gave about the Saharawi refugees, and is now under threat of assassination, according to information revealed by an ex-Moroccan spy, Hicham Bouchti, in an interview published by the Moroccan weekly, El Mechaal, (edition 142, from 15 to 21 November 2007).
The Moroccan journalist, who was victim to many campaigns of defamation, which was waged on the pages of some Moroccan newspaper that are known as the secret voices of the Moroccan authority, and tools of the regime to quite the voice of Lemrabet and his alike, is victim to such violation under a complete and shameful silence of the Moroccan journalists and newspapers, which chose to stay inert in the face of the plight of a colleague.
On the other hand, the Moroccan civil society, and activists remained silent in front of this new and dangerous development in the case of the Moroccan journalist, who is now threatened of political assassination from a regime that is openly accused of crimes against humanity by the Spanish and French justices, which started judicial accusations against Moroccan key officials, in addition to the big file of political assassination of which the Moroccan regime is already accused, mainly with the case of the Moroccan famous national leader, Mehdi Ben Barka.
UPES, which doesn’t agree with a lot of Lemrabet’s ideas concerning the Saharawi struggle, does respect his courage and honesty when he reported the truth about the Saharawi refugees. The Union highly appreciates his efforts in reporting about the violations committed by his own government against the Saharawi citizens, human rights activists and students.
Taking all these into account UPES:
- Declares its full and unconditional solidarity and support to the Moroccan journalist, Ali Lemrabet, and declares the adoption of his case and its engagement in raising it with all relevant international bodies and organization. UPES also declares its solidarity with all honest, genuine and democratic voices in Morocco no matter how different their points of view and visions can be from the Saharawis.
- Asks honest and democratic Saharawis and Moroccans to back this honest journalist. It also calls on the colleagues in Algeria, Spain, Mauritania and all international human rights organisations and unions of journalists to firmly stand against all forms of intimidation, restrictions and abuses against the right to free expression and movement exercised by the Moroccan regime against the journalists, Moroccans, Saharawis or even international journalists, who face a lot of problems especially in the occupied zone of Western Sahara.
- Recalls the case of the Saharawi journalist, Mustafa Abd Daim, who was subjected to many forms of harassments and abuses committed by the Moroccan authorities. It renews its engagement in following his case, in defending his rights and raising his case with the relevant organisations.
- Recalls the Moroccan military siege and Medias black out imposed on the occupied zone of Western Sahara and calls on the international organisations to help lift this siege and exercise pressures on Morocco to compel it respect human rights and allow international observers and Medias to visit the region. It also recalls the Moroccan military wall of shame that divides Western Sahara in two, and is in itself a striking crime against the Saharawis that nobody seems to care about.
- Condemns the human rights violations committed by the Moroccan regime against the Saharawi citizens, and declares its full solidarity and support to the Saharawi political prisoners, human rights activists, students and activists of the noble and peaceful Intifada of independence, and pays tribute to the Saharawi woman, who showed a special courage and willingness to give big sacrifices for the sake of freedom and for the sake of the liberation of the homeland.