Thursday, September 17, 2009

Konstantine Isidoros, Oxford: Morocco: Government Uses Torture to Silence Sahrawi Activists(Western Sahara in the map)

From very young I received at my home, when I was living in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, many young Saharawi medical students and hear from his own lips the oppressive regime and violator of human rights are subjected to by the regime of Morocco for the simple fact assert to have expression of their national identity, talking or singing, I saw the sadness in his faces of the oppressed people and at the same time, the twinkle in her eyes of heroic hearts fearlessly fighting for the sovereignty and independence.
Today, the situation is much worse for sarahuies due to the poor or no attention to this deplorable human rights situation and violations of the Geneva Convention on Torture is part of the rich countries even though young women are being raped and tortured by the Moroccan repressive forces.
The brothers of the Sahara under our Jesuchrist love, are also under the protection of God that in his dwelling is watching and judging our actions with the most humble and needy.
I believe that we as Roman Catholics we are obligated to take international action about this problem which are responsible the Moroccan government and its closest allies.Gualterio Nunez Estrada, Sarasota, Florida, 34233.

Konstantina Isidoros

Konstantina Isidoros is a doctoral researcher in Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford. Her field of specialisation is on nomadic pastoralism across the Sahara Desert with a particular interest in the hassaniyya-speaking Sahrawi nomads of the western Sahara.

'The international community ought to react quickly to stop these atrocities.
The double standard in dealing with human rights must come to an end, and the human dimension referred to by the United Nation's Security Council Resolution 1871 must have substance'.[11] The United Nations Mission for a Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) has been increasingly under pressure from campaigners and a number of governments to properly assume their responsibilities to monitor these human rights violations in the Moroccan occupied territory. Last time the issue was raised in the UN Security Council, the suggestion was blocked by France.
Until now, Morocco has fairly successfully kept the beatings and killings of Sahrawi students in the Occupied Territories beneath the radar of the global media. But now the internet, mobile phones and video uploading have played a crucial part in getting evidence through Morocco's propaganda wall, thereby enabling campaigners and analysts to monitor and examine the situation. The vast network of NGOs, academics and analysts provides a literary 'Green Line' between Morocco's 'tools of persuasion' and - as Pazzanita so aptly put it - the 'antidote to propaganda' (1994: 274).[12]

There are an increasing number of Sahrawi student-led internet blogs which record these human rights abuses and upload video clips as evidence. One such site has Hayat Rguibi's videoed testimony of her rape by Moroccan police, and postings about the killings of two male Sahrawi students, Houssein Abdessadik Alktaif and Khaya Baba Abdelaziz, in December 2008 in Agadir, Morocco.[6]
Another site has video clips commentated on by Rabab Amidane, a young female human rights student activist who won the Norwegian 2009 Student Peace Prize.[7] Rabab's video clips record Moroccan police violence at student demonstations.[8] Also both UPES and Reuters report that another young Sahrawi human rights activist, Ennaama Asfari, was sentenced on Thursday 27 August 2009 to four month's imprisonment 'because of his political views in favour of self-determination of people of Western Sahara'.[9] This prompted the Sahrawi President Mohamed Abdelaziz, to write to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to call for the establishment of a mechanism to ensure the protection of human rights of the Sahrawi in the Moroccan occupied territories of Western Sahara.[10]


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