President of Republic draws attention of UN SG to gravity of crime committed by Morocco against prisoners of Gdeim Izik

Bir Lahlou, April 4, 2017 (SPS) President of the Republic, Secretary-General of the Polisario front, Brahim Ghali, has drawn attention of  the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, to the gravity of the crime committed by the Moroccan state against the Saharawi political prisoners of Gdeim Izik whose trial was postponed again until 8 May.

In a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday, the President of the Republic drew his attention to the gravity of the crime committed by the Moroccan state against the group of Gdeim Izik, whose “forces unjustly arrest and assault, before, during and after the military assault on the protest camp of Gdeim Izik.”

"on November 8, 2010, the Moroccan state carried out a military attack against the camp of Gdeim Izik, 12 km southeast of occupied El Aaiun, capital of Western Sahara, destroying more than 8000 tents, which comprised about 30 000 Sahrawis, who chose this peaceful method to express their rejection of the Moroccan occupation and to demand their legitimate political, economic and social rights", recalled the President of the Republic.

"It was a surprising and shocking military offensive against innocent civilians of all ages, including women, children and disabled people," added the letter of the President of the Republic to the UN Secretary-General.

"It is also regrettable that the Moroccan state subsequently decided to try a group of human rights activists and civilians before a martial court, for only calling through peaceful means, for the application of the charter and resolutions of the United Nations, in particular the granting of the inalienable right of the Saharawi people to self-determination and independence, like all colonized peoples and countries," he lamented.

"The aim was to impede the process of negotiations, which was planned for the same day between the Polisario Front and the Kingdom of Morocco, within the framework of a Moroccan policy, with a view to the systematic obstruction of the United Nations efforts" Indicated the President of the Republic.

The president of the Republic affirmed "the trial of the group of Gdeim izik before a civil or military court is illegal because these victims are Saharawi civilians of a territory under the responsibility of the UN awaiting its decolonization through a referendum under the auspices of the United Nations and the African Unity, " recalled President Brahim Ghali.

Finally, the president of the Republic called for the immediate release of the group of Gdeim izik and all prisoners languishing in Moroccan prisons (SPS)