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Abdelaziz calls on UN to protect Sahrawi

afrol News, 29 October - The Sahrawi President, Mohamed Abdelaziz has urged the UN to assume its full responsibility to protect and secure release of Sahrawi activists detained in Moroccan prisons.

According to the statement issued by the Presidency addressed to Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, the Sahrawi president expressed deep concern in respect of the actions of the Moroccan government practice of torture, unfair trials and excessive punishments against the Sahrawi prisoners.

President Abdelaziz said the Moroccan government has imprisoned the Sahrawi citizen Salka Dahane (46) as she tried to visit her brother Brahim Dahane. She is one of the seven Sahrawi activists detained in Moroccan prison of Sale.

She was presented on 26 October before a court, which has no criterion of justice and unfairly sentenced to two years in prison, the Sahrawi president pointed out.

"The Moroccan government ignores the provisions of international humanitarian law and reports of specialised organisations including the High Commissioner for Refugees," President Abdelaziz also said.

In June the Spanish human rights organisation called for the release of the Sahrawi political prisoners who are still in the Moroccan prisons.

The group called for the creation of a mechanism for the protection and surveillance of human rights in Western Sahara in accordance with the recommendations of the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights, ad hoc committee of the European Parliament.

President Abdelaziz also raised the issue of the Moroccan campaign of intimidation in the occupied territories of Western Sahara, saying the hidden intention by the Moroccan government escalates human rights violations in the region.

He urged the UN to assume its responsibilities in the establishment of an adequate mechanism for the Sahrawi people to enjoy peace and fundamental freedoms.

Since 1991, the UN mission in Western Sahara (MINURSO) has been tasked with monitoring the ceasefire between the two parties and organising a long-stalled referendum for self-determination of the Sahrawi people.

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