Révolte des Sahraouis - Revolt of the Saharawis - Revuelta de los Saharauis
Collective of Saharawi Human Rights Defenders in the Occupied Territories of Western Sahara
We inform international public opinion that two Saharawi human rights defenders, NOUMRI BRAHIM and LIDRI ELHOUCINE, abducted by the Moroccan authorities in Laâyoune in the occupied territories of Western Sahara on 20/07/2005, have been tortured and treated badly with the aim of extracting confessions from them in the secret gaols of the PC of CMI in Laâyoune for many hours of interrogation supervised by the senior staff of the Moroccan police in Laâyoune. The two Saharawi human rights defenders, suffering from the effects of barbarous corporal punishment, have lost consciousness several times, necessitating their transfer Laâyoune hospital for resuscitation.
We wish also to inform international public opinion that another Saharawi human rights defender ELMOUTAOIKIL MOHAMMED, arrested in Casablanca and transferred to Laâyoune, has been subjected to interrogation at the headquarters of the national brigade of the Moroccan criminal investigation police by the Director General of Moroccan National Security, General HAMIDOU LAANIGRI, who continually, during the interrogation in question, issued threats against Saharawi human rights defenders and made racist remarks against the Saharawi people.
These practices come at a time when the UN Committee against Torture is still waiting for the official commitment of Morocco to respect the international convention against torture after hearings in the last two years, by this same Committee on the implementation of the provisions of the United Nations Convention against Torture and other punishment or cruel or degrading treatment. In the course of these hearings, the torture of Saharawis in the occupied territories of Western Sahara was one of the subjects for which Morocco had been asked to offer clarification. [see below]
In reaction to these repeated practices of the Moroccan authorities, the Collective of Saharawi Human Rights Defenders in the Occupied Territories of Western Sahara communicates to international public opinion the following:
delivered in Laâyoune on 23/07/2005