Wednesday, December 14, 2005

France and Western Sahara

Adoption of the Status of the Committee of solidarity with the Saharawi people "CORELSO" in Paris

Paris, 13/12/2005 (SPS) The members of the Committee for the respect of freedoms and human rights in Western Sahara (CORELSO) adopted, with the presence of a Representative of Amnesty International, on Monday evening in Paris, the status of this new French Association that is struggling for "Saharawi people’s right for self-determination", reported Algerian Press Service, APS.
"Since the end of May, Saharawi population in the occupied zones claim for their right to self-determination via strong peaceful demonstrations. Moroccan forces of occupation answered this demonstrations with a violent repression", the members of the Committee stated.
"In the face of this repression and of the intensification of human rights violations", teachers, employees, searchers and human rights’ activists decided to create the CORELSO.
In the 2nd article of its adopted constitution, CORESLSO underlined that i twill work for "the respect of the freedoms and of human rights in the territories of Western Sahara under Moroccan occupation".

The Committee, which is based in Ivry, near Paris, also has got as an objective to "act for the release of Saharawi political prisoners", and to "defend Saharawi people’s right to self-determination and to the exploitation of the natural resources of their territory conforming to the international law".
The Representative of the French Section of Amnesty International gave a briefing on the actions undertaken by her organisation for the defence of human rights in Western Sahara.

She referred to the report lately issued by her NGO, from London, in which it expressed concerns that "8 human rights’ activist were targeted because of their leading action for the defence of the fundamental rights and because of their publicly expressed position in favour of Saharawi people’s right to self-determination".
Amnesty International’s Representative further indicated that her organization has dispatched lawyers in El Aaiun to participate to the defence of the Saharawi human rights activists, who are brought before Moroccan colonial court for "dubious and unfair" accusations, American Human Rights Watch lately said.
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