The representative of the Polisario Front in Switzerland, Oumaima Abdessalem, expressed the Polisario Front’s concern about the alarming situation in occupied Western Sahara, affirming that the Saharawi people still aspire to a “serious position” from the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) against the crimes of the Moroccan occupation.
The ambassadors members of the Geneva Group for the support of Western Sahara together with Oumaima Abdessalem and a member of civil society, held Thursday a meeting with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, to discuss the “alarming” situation of human rights in the occupied territories in view of the breakdown of the ceasefire between the Polisario and Morocco.
The Sahrawi diplomat criticized the treatment by the High Commissioner of violations against the Sahrawi people, which is still waiting for a firm reaction on its part with regard to Moroccan crimes as part of its commitments expressed during the World Summit on Humanitarian Action held in Istanbul in 2016.
“Faced with the impunity of Morocco and the inertia of the UN General Secretariat, the Polisario had no choice but to continue the armed struggle in order to protect Sahrawi civilians,” underlined the diplomat.
She also called for the implementation of a technical cooperation program and the acceleration of the dispatch of a fact-finding mission to the occupied territories in addition to the creation of an independent and credible mechanism to ensure the respect of human rights.
For their part, the ambassadors members of the Geneva Group deplored “the inertia of the Human Rights Council in the face of reports of systematic violations committed by the Moroccan occupier in Western Sahara.
They also stressed the need to find a fair and lasting political solution to the Sahrawi conflict in accordance with UN resolutions to ensure the right of the Sahrawis to self-determination.