The 48th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council was no exception. Once again, the grandstand is the scene of further passes of arms between Morocco and Algeria. After the accusations exchanged last week between diplomats from the two countries accredited to the UN headquarters in Geneva, the associative actors took over.
Algiers gave the floor on Monday, September 20, to the Geneva Support Group for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights in the Sahara to relay its version. The NGO launched an urgent appeal to the international community to “protect human rights defenders, journalists and Saharawi political prisoners”. The group pleaded for “urgent action to help end the humanitarian and human rights crisis in Western Sahara”.
On the same day, Morocco chose Saharawi opponent Fadel Breika, who lives in Spain, to respond to these accusations. Speaking during a dialogue with the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, he denounced the climate of terror, intimidation and repression in the Tindouf camps. Breika called on the international community to put pressure on Algeria to end the rule of lawlessness in the said camps, MAP reports.
The Saharawi activist, who spent months without trial in Polisario prisons, from June to November 2019, pointed out “Algeria’s entire responsibility in the serious abuses, kidnappings and torture practices to which deliver the Polisario, against the opponents and critical voices of the leadership of the separatists in the Tindouf camps ”.
For the record, Fadel Breika spoke on March 6, 2020 in Geneva, during the 43rd session of the UN Human Rights Council to reveal that “Algerian intelligence agents had interrogated and tortured him. During the period of his imprisonment. The opponent of the Polisario leadership, was released on November 10, 2019 alongside activists Moulay Abba Bouzeid and Mahmoud Zeidan. Fadel Breika is a founding member of the Sahrawi Movement for Peace.