Human Rights in the Sahara: Ould Errachid & El Khattat Condemn Slanderous Allegations of Algeria and “polisario”

Human Rights in the Sahara: Ould Errachid & El Khattat Condemn Slanderous Allegations of Algeria and “polisario”


Presidents of the Regions Laâyoune-Sakia El Hamra and Dakhla Oued Eddahab, Sidi Hamdi Ould Errachid and Yanja El Khattat, have condemned with "all due vigor" the slanderous allegations that the "polisario" and its guardian, Algeria, continue to convey about the human rights situation in the Sahara.

"These are in fact outrageous fabrications, which are part of a shameless political manipulation of human rights," they stressed in a letter to the President of the United Nations Security Council, Ambassador Christoph Heusgen.

On the basis of their effective presence on the ground among the population and their knowledge of the cynical approach of the "polisario" and Algeria, the presidents of the two regions of southern Morocco solemnly attest to the "normality" of the human rights situation in the Sahara.

"The rights of the local population in the Moroccan Sahara enjoy effective protection and promotion, based on constitutional guarantees and a national legal and institutional framework consistent with Morocco's international commitments," they noted.

Ould Errachid and El Khattat also commended the enormous efforts made by Morocco for more than four decades in favor of the development of its Southern Provinces, highlighting the new development dynamic initiated within the framework of the development model for the southern provinces, worth nearly 8 billion dollars.

According to the Presidents of the two Regions, these achievements, as well as the development and cooperation agreements concluded with various major international actors, in full compliance with international law, refute the allegations concerning the exploitation of the natural resources of the Moroccan Sahara.

They pointed out that the credibility of this development dynamic, which is part of a perspective of openness and economic integration at the regional, continental and international levels, is arousing growing interest in our two regions, adding that the latter host a large number of international and regional events of a diplomatic, economic, cultural and sporting nature, which have brought together thousands of participants.

"This, of course, gives a clear denial to some voices that try to present the Moroccan Sahara as a closed region," they stressed.

Ould Errachid and El Khattat also strongly condemned "the outrage and serious, massive and continuous violations inflicted on the dignity and rights of our brothers and sisters held against their will in the Tindouf camps".

The Presidents of the Laâyoune-Sakia El Hamra and Dakhla Oued Eddahab Regions indicated that the Tindouf camps have recently experienced a resurgence of social protests, the multiplication of uprisings, noting that these protests are repressed by the "polisario" and Algeria, which use tanks and military means against a civilian population.

Through this letter, the Presidents of the two regions said they wanted to remove any ambiguity about the outrageous fabrications that are conveyed about the situation in the Moroccan Sahara, through an unscrupulous propaganda enterprise by which the other parties are trying to disguise the reality.

They also reiterated their full support and unequivocal endorsement of the Moroccan Autonomy Initiative as the only realistic and feasible way to put an end to the regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara.