Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Morocco banned Web Sites in the Occupied area of W.Sahara

OCCUPIED TERRITORIES/STATE OF SIEGE
Moroccan authorities blocked web sites that sympathise with the Saharawi cause
Chahid El Hafed (refugee camps), 23/11/2005 (SPS) Moroccan Government proceeded to the blockage of the majority of the Saharawi web sites to the public in the occupied territories and south Morocco, Saharawi Journalists' and Writers' Union, (UPES), denounced in a press release publicised on Tuesday.
"Moroccan authorities proceeded, on Monday the 21st of November, to the blocking of many Saharawi or sympathisers with the Saharawi cause's web sites", UPES underlined, calling the companies "and competent bodies to adopt rigorous sanctions against this act of web hacking and this violation of the freedom of expression".
"By blocking web sites such as Sahara Press Service, Arso or Les Cahiers du Sahara and dozen other sites sympathising with the Saharawi cause, making it impossible for Saharawi citizens in the occupied territories of Western Sahara to have access to the sources of information, Morocco openly violates the principles of democracy, freedom of expression and the right to have access to information besides violating all international conventions", the text adds.
UPES called on "the UN, democrat Governments and Parliaments, Organisations and personalities concerned about peace and justice to pressure Morocco put an end to the security and Medias siege it imposes on the occupied zones of the Western Sahara since 1975", the date of the Moroccan military invasion of the non-self-governing territory..
On another hand, it encourages international press and NGOs to visit the occupied zones of the Western Sahara, with a view to "investigate by themselves on the Moroccan violations of Saharawi people's political, cultural, social and economical rights".
It also recalled "the international community that Western Sahara, illegally occupied by Morocco, is a non-self-governing territory, which is still under the authority of the UN as it can be understood from the UN's General Assembly and Security Council's resolutions. That is to say that the UN must assume all its responsibilities towards the Saharawi people, including their protection from Moroccan tyranny and repression and the finishing of the decolonisation process of the territory conforming to the international legality and to the principles of the UN's Charter". (SPS)



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