In a letter addressed to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, and to the members of the Security Council, the Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Morocco to the UN, Omar Hilale, exposed, with photos and videos to the support, the lies and fallacious allegations peddled by Algeria and the “Polisario”, about the situation in the Moroccan Sahara.
“Since renouncing the ceasefire and the Military Agreements, the separatist group ‘polisario’ has been waging, together with Algeria, a hysterical campaign aimed at misleading the international community about an alleged ‘armed conflict’ and alleged violations of human rights in the Moroccan Sahara ”, underlined Ambassador Hilale, adding that“ this armed group openly calls for acts of violence against people and sabotage of civilian installations in the Moroccan Sahara ”.
Highlighting the calm and stability which reign in the Moroccan Sahara, and the total absence of any armed conflict, the diplomat noted that “the Polisario”, through so-called pitiful “military communiques”, taken up by the only Algeria’s official press agency, tries to convey the false image of an alleged “conflict” in the Moroccan Sahara. However, the reality is quite different. And to add that “the fictitious war of the” Polisario “, which maintains proven and documented connections with terrorist groups and traffickers of all kinds in the Sahelo-Saharan region, is belied by the stability on the ground, as well as by the press agencies and international television channels which have demonstrated, with supporting evidence, that the information and images published by the “polisario” are “fake” and concern other conflicts and in no way the Moroccan Sahara.
Ambassador Hilale also unveiled the fallacious allegations of human rights violations in the Moroccan Sahara, advanced by the “Polisario” and Algeria. “The allegations of restriction of freedom of movement in the Moroccan Sahara are completely unfounded. They clearly fall within the framework of the shameless instrumentalisation of the deployment of Moroccan public authorities in the current context linked to the state of health emergency relating to the COVID-19 pandemic ”he said, noting that “The citizen support of the population of the Moroccan Sahara to sanitary measures made it possible to record the lowest figures of contamination at the level of the Kingdom”.
Hilale reaffirmed to the Secretary General and the 15 members of the Security Council that “the population of the Moroccan Sahara enjoys total freedom of movement as guaranteed by law, both inside and outside Morocco. “. “It is this full enjoyment of this right that allows the few so-called separatist activists to travel freely to Algeria and to the Tindouf camps, where they undergo ideological indoctrination and military training. It is Morocco’s full respect for human rights which also allows them to go abroad in order to participate in anti-Moroccan demonstrations and meetings, and to return in peace to the Moroccan Sahara, without they are not at all worried “he explained, regretting that” this state of law and freedoms is exploited by these separatist elements in their campaign of denigration and lies, as well as in their incitement to violence against people and property “.
In this context, and concerning the so-called Saultana Khaya, a separatist in the pay of the “polisario” and Algeria, Hilale denounced “the staging of the person concerned which is part of the strategy of the” polisario “of instrumentalize human rights for political ends, inculcated in its agents during their various journeys in Algeria and in the camps of Tindouf, during which the latter also receive courses in handling of weapons and ideological indoctrination and participate to military exercises by “Polisario” militias “.
And to specify that the so-called Saultana Khaya “is by no means a peaceful activist of human rights, but a supporter of violent actions, even military. She participated in these courses and military exercises of the separatists, from January 1 to 12, 2019, during which she called for armed violence against civilians in the Moroccan Sahara ”. Photos showing the woman in military fatigues and wielding a Kalashnikov rifle were sent to the UN Secretary-General and members of the Security Council.
Regarding the case of the late Mohamed Salem Fahim, cowardly instrumentalised by the “Polisario” and Algeria, the Permanent Representative of Morocco informed, in detail, that the deceased was the victim of a fatal road accident, which is subject to ongoing legal proceedings, in accordance with the law in force in such circumstances.
Regarding the cyclical false allegations about certain common law prisoners, including those sentenced following the events of “Gdem Izig”, having in particular made in 2010, 11 deaths and dozens of wounded among the police, Moroccan auxiliaries and firefighters, Ambassador Hilale clarified that they are unfounded and that these detainees enjoy the same rights provided for by law, without discrimination. He added that none of these prisoners had recently observed any hunger strike.
Finally, Hilale made a damning, detailed and documented indictment of violations of human rights and international humanitarian law in the Tindouf camps in Algeria.