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AFRICA / Sahrawi workers ask UN to grant them humanitarian asylum
Date of publication at Tlaxcala: 06/06/2019
Original: عاملات صحراويات يوجهن طلبت لجوء انساني الى الامم المتحدة
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Sahrawi workers ask UN to grant them humanitarian asylum

Equipe Media Sahara Media Team ايكيب ميديا


Three female Sahrawi workers accused the Moroccan authorities of occupation of having caused their dismissal and trying to discourage them from further political activities through blackmail and repression.

Those three, Nadira Mailad, Gabal Banahi and Aghlaijilhom Yusef, have applied to the United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres,  asking him for the right of humanitarian asylum to be granted in their case. They reason citing the consequences of the United Nation's failure to have the MINURSO comply with its mission, clearly marked by its name in French which the initials of this UN body stand for: United Nations International Mission for a Referendum in Western Sahara.

The activists who are members of the Sahrawi association "Freedom Sun for Human Rights Defenders" addressed their applications to the Secretary General's former Special Envoy for Western Sahara, Horst Köhler, the MINURSO Special Representative, Colin Stewart, the European Union and the African Union, respectively, stressing these organizations' responsibility for the suffering in the lives of the Sahrawi People.

They complain that the Kingdom of Morocco has not been not put under pressure to stop the rights violations Sahrawis have to face. Nadira, mother of journalist and political prisoner Salah Lebsir who is due to be set free on June 7th, states in an interview published by Equipe Media: "The governor in the occupied city of Es-Smara sent me people to press me and make me abstain from organizing a public reception, on the occasion of my son's return to the city. On receiving my negative reply, he had me dismissed from my job. The same happened to my son, El Hannafi Abdalahi Lebsir."

Nadira Mailad added: "I appeal to the United Nations, the European Union, international Human Rights organizations, and trade unions to intervene in order to stop the Moroccan measures of marginalization, impoverishment, and terror. All of these are systematically used against Sahrawi civilians. Keeping your mouth shut, means helping to maintain an illegal occupation committing crimes against our people."

One should underline that other activists are also under pressure, with this increasing day by day, thus trying to minimize their activities against that occupation. Dismissals of workers employed by institutions and companies run by the Moroccan government have long been registered in Western Sahara.

Salah Lebsir


Courtesy of Equipe Media
Publication date of original article: 04/06/2019
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Tags: Salah LebsirNadira MailadSmaraOccupied Western SaharaMoroccan occupation

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