Declaration of Mohamed SIDATI


The European Parlament adopted on 10 of February adopté le 10 février 2004, the «European Parliament resolution on the EU's rights, priorities and recommendations for the 60th Session of the UN Commission on Human Rights in Geneva (15 March to 23 April 2004) ». including the following item concerning Morocco and Western Sahara :

« The European Parliament,
Calls on the Presidency, the Commission and the Member States to make more determined representations to all the parties concerned and within the competent United Nations bodies with a view to achieving the release of all Moroccan prisoners of war held by the Polisario Front and all Saharawi prisoners of war held by Morocco; calls on Morocco and the Polisario Front to continue to cooperate with the International Committee of the Red Cross to resolve the fate of persons who are unaccounted for since the beginning of the conflict, in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 1495 (2003) and the repeated appeals of the international community; »

In this resolution the European Parlament requests the Polisario Front to release Moroccan POWs and the Moroccan Kingdom to release without delay Saharawi POWs, 151 of them. At the same time the European Parlament asks Morocco to cooperate with the ICRC in order to resolve the fate of the disappeared since the beginning of the conflict, more than 500 Saharawis, their fate is completely unknown. This decision of the European Parlament comes at the right moment to remember the serious situation of Human Rights in the occupied Western Sahara, where the repression exceeds the understanding . It is questionning the international conscience on the fate of several hundred Saharawi disappeared. As a matter of fact,  the Moroccan authorities are using terror in the territory of Western Sahara as a principle of state and are transgressing, with complete impunity, the Human Rights conventions.

Brussels, 11.02.04


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