The CODESA Secretariat
El Ayun, Western Sahara.
June 26th, 2007
circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat or war,
internal political instability or any other public emergency, may be
invoked as a justification of torture».
Article 2 of CONVENTION AGAINST
TORTURE and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or
«(b) No child shall be
deprived of his or her liberty unlawfully or arbitrarily. The arrest,
detention or imprisonment of a child shall be in conformity with the
law and shall be used only as a measure of last resort and for the
shortest appropriate period of time;» Article 37 of the Convention on the Rights
of the Child.
The United Nations and the human rights organizations are celebrating
International Day in Support of Victims of Torture on June 26th
every year, the day that the General Assembly has agreed upon to speak
out against torture worldwide.
The torture practiced against the indigenous citizens by the Moroccan
authorities is still continuing because of the increase in the
peaceful demonstrations calling for the Sahrawi people's right to
self-determination, which has left its profound effect on individuals,
families and the people of the Western Sahara as a whole.
The Moroccan state has committed flagrant violations of human rights in
the Western Sahara, south of Morocco and in the Moroccan universities
against the Sahrawi students since May 21st, 2005. It is still
depriving the Sahrawi people of their right to life, physical security,
the right of expression especially after the open declarations of their
opinions publicly upon the Western Sahara issue and calling for
the organization of a self-determination referendum.
These demonstrations have led the Moroccan police to torture some
Saharawis to death. Such is the case of Hamdi Lembarki or the
deliberate murder of others. The case of Abbachaikh Lakhlifi, is an
The Moroccan authorities were behind the torture, the inhuman treatment
of the Sahrawi citizens such as abduction, arrest, rape, fake trials as
well as the savage violence used against the political prisoners, women
and children at schools, universities, public streets, in the police
centers and vans. Some of them were thrown in remote areas outside
their cities, others were either fireburnt (Salek Essaidi, for example)
or become handicapped (Sultana Khaya, Hammadi Ezzaibour, the child
For all these reasons, the CODESA seizes this opportunity of the
International Day Against Torture, to express its:
1. support to all the victims of the torture and the
ill-treatment all over the world.
2. condemnation to the torture committed by the
Moroccan state against the Sahrawi citizens because of their opinions
concerning the Western Sahara issue.
3. call to the Moroccan authorities to cease
tormenting children and their custody in the police jails for long
4. call to the Moroccan state to respect human rights
in the Western Sahara and to sign all the international human rights
5. stop the torture and repetitive violations of the
Sahrawi citizen's rights as well as punish the Moroccan officials
responsible for these violations.
6. unveil the disappeared Sahrawis' destiny and
release all the Sahrawi political prisoners in the Moroccan jails
without any condition.