Saturday, October 17, 2009

solidarity with the Saharawi Human Right Activist

Statement: Sandblast condemns arrest of 7 saharawi human rights activists
London, Oct. 13, 2009 – The apprehension of seven Saharawi human
rights advocates in Casablanca last Thursday, October 8, 2009, is the
latest systematic violation of human rights by Moroccans against
Saharawis after the detention of six Saharawi students in August this

Moroccan police arrested a group of human rights defenders from
Western Sahara on October 8th 2009 at the Casablanca Airport at the
point of their return from the Saharawi refugee camps in SW Algeria.
While Moroccan police officers have confirmed the arrest, no further
details on the group’s whereabouts and their situation were released.

The group’s visit to the camps had previously been condemned in the
Moroccan press and they accused the advocates of treason. The widely
published articles and press releases stated that their visit “hurt
the feelings of the whole Moroccan people” and demanded an “exemplary
punishment” for all members of this group.

Mohamed Abdelaziz, the President of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic
Republic (SADR) expressed his concern to the President of the Security
Council, Mr Le Loung Minh for the safety of the Saharawi detainees.

Sandblast condemns the abduction and fears for the safety of
Ali Salem Tamek, first Vice-President of the Saharawi Collective of
Human Rights Defenders (CODESA);
Brahim Dahane, President of the Sahrawi Association of Victims of
Grave Violations of Human Rights (ASVDH);
Ahmad Anasiri, General Secretary of the Saharawi Committee for the
Defence of Human Rights in Smara;
Yahdih Ettarrouzi, member of AMDH Laayounne Chapter;
Saleh Lebayhi, President of the Forum for the Protection of Saharawi Children;
Dagja Lachgar member of the executive office of ASVDH, and
Rachid Sghayar, member of the Committee Action Against Torture

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