Collectif des Défenseurs Sahraouis des droits de l'homme
El Aaiun / Sahara Occidental

November 29th, 2007.

Recently, there has been information about the digging of a mass grave, which was found accidentally by the Moroccan authorities, near the Carcel Negra (the Black Prison) in El Aaiun, Western Sahara on November 20th, 2007.
On Wednesday, November 28th, 2007, the Moroccan T.V. channels RTM and 2M broadcast the information, and presented some old people to say that the graveyard goes back to the 1930s and the remaining bones are of their ancestors.
The Collective of the Saharawi Human Rights Defenders, CODESA, sheds light on the following observations,
Thus, we in the CODESA, question the conclusions that the Moroccan authorities are trying to market after a complete secrecy of the issue for more than a week.
Believing that the collective grave is very likely to be related to the Sahrawi disappeared whose fate is still unknown, and who were victims of massive killing by the Moroccan regime in the Western Sahara during the 1970s and 1980s,
Taking into account the Sahrawi abducted who passed through the Carcel Negra during the years 1976,1977,1978,1979, of whom those who escaped death still confirm that many of them had lost their lives there.
Considering that the unveiling of the fate of all the Sahrawi disappeared and the opening of an  investigation on the collective graves of the Sahrawis, victims of the flagrant violations of human rights, is the struggle of all the human rights and democracy defenders, we
1. Denounce the hastiness in making ready-made judgements on the identity and age of the remains of these dead Sahrawis found in the same grave.
2. Call the Moroccan state to open a serious scientific investigation and publish a detailed report on the nature of this collective grave.
3. Call the Moroccan authorities to re-bury the remaining bones in a known graveyard after being sure of their identity.