Macron, Kagamé and Mohammed VI challenged over human rights situation in Western Sahara

Paris, November 5, 2018 (SPS) - French President Emmanuel Macron, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, the current President of the African Union (AU), and King Mohammed VI of Morocco were addressed to a letter in which a French association denounces human rights abuses in Western Sahara, a non-autonomous territory occupied by Morocco.

"Like many organizations and figures around the world, the French Association of Friendship and Solidarity with the Peoples of Africa (AFASPA) supports the right of the Sahrawi people to self-determination and denounces the serious violations perpetrated by the Moroccan army and administrations since October 1975," said a mail dated October 17 and of which APS obtained a copy.

The association stands against "the relentless brutality" against the Sahrawi political prisoners who "multiply hunger strikes to denounce the mistreatment, harassment and humiliation of which they are the subject and to obtain their rights."

"This is the case of the 19 members of Gdeim Izik Group scattered in 7 prisons in Morocco, while the international law states that they should have been tried and imprisoned in Western Sahara," said AFASPA, demanding their release and the restoration of their families’ right of access.

The association said that the corollary of the Moroccan illegal occupation of Western Sahara is the plunder of its natural resources, in infringement of the international law and the decisions of the European Court of Justice. (SPS)