Campaign kicked off by Civil Society in Timor-Leste to save life and free Saharawi activist Sultana and her Family

Dili, (Timor-Leste) 25 September 2021 (SPS) - A Campaign was launched last Thursday by various Organisations from the Civil Society in Timor-Leste calling for urgent actions to save the life and free Sultana Khaya and her Family.

The Title of the Campaign is Morocco must free now the Saharawi human rights defender, Sultana Khaya from house arrest and together we can free and save life of Sultana.

Sultana Khaya and her family have been under arbitrary home arrest since last November 2020 in their home in city of Boujdour, Western Sahara imposed by the Morocco security.

This unlawful detention is part of a wider crackdown by the Moroccan authorities on Sahrawi activists and critical voices within Western Sahara against the illegal occupation of the last colony in Africa.

The Timorese Organisations in their Campaign focus on:

- We add our voices to many others calls including Human rights watch and Amnesty international that Morocco must immediately lift the arbitrary house arrest against the Saharawi human rights defender, Sultana Khaya and her family.

- We condemn Morocco’s human rights violations against Saharawis peacefully calling for self-determination and independence in illegally occupied Western Sahara.

- We call upon the International Committee of the Red Cross to take "urgent steps" to ensure the security and safety of unarmed Sahrawi citizens and to urgently send a medical mission to the city of Boujdour to examine the ongoing violations of the international humanitarian law and the Geneva Conventions against Sultana Khaya family.

- We call upon Morocco to free release all the Saharawi human rights activists including “Gdeim Izik Group”