Mon. Jun 17th, 2024

United States, several NGOs lambast Algeria for massive human rights abuses

The 51st session in Geneva of the Human Rights Council has been attended by the American delegation and a number of participating NGOs. They have criticized Algeria for its worrying human rights situation, the massive violations of rights of the population held in Tindouf camps, and the refusal to accept legal responsibility and end the heinous crimes in the country despite repeated calls from the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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In her capacity as Chair of the United States Delegation, Ambassador Bathsheba Nell Crocker, Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, reiterated the United States’ concerns over the serious human rights violations committed against civilians and pro-democracy activists in Algeria.

She also condemned the widespread application of new laws to crackdown on activists and protesters, journalists, and restricted unduly freedoms, peaceful assembly, association and arresting militants.

The US diplomat also hailed as ”courageous” the civil society activists, human rights defenders, media workers and others who dare to tell the truth to the power and advocate respect for human rights.

Speaking on behalf of “IL CENACOLO” NGO, El Fadel Brika recounted his own experience, as a victim of the atrocities of the Polisario separatists, and detailed the “kidnappings, arbitrary detentions and the worst types of psychological and physical torture practiced in secret prisons managed by the Polisario militia on Algerian soil.”

He also called the attention to the Human Rights Council to the systematic violations that the Polisario separatists committed against the sequestered people in the Tindouf Camps. These forces resort to the most terrible means to punish any opposition or denounce their serious abuses of humanitarian aid and to punish anyone who dares to speak out against them. Mr. Brika also spoke out about extrajudicial execution, noting the recent execution of two young Sahrawis, Maha Old Hamdi Ould Suilem and Alien Idrissi.

Mr. Brika informed the Council of the killing in November 2021, by the Algerian army, in a hole on the outskirts of the so-called “Dakhla camp”, of three young Sahrawis, Lakbir Ould Sidi Ahmed Al Markhi, Obeidat Ould El Bilal and Flea Ould Baraka.

Taking the floor on behalf of the Geneva-based NGO ”Promotion du Développement Économique et Social”, Ms. Aicha Duihi focused her address on the growing tensions in the Tindouf camps in southwestern Algeria, where, she said, the deteriorating living conditions and the explosive situation in the Tindouf camps are fueling mounting tensions and protests which are suppressed with use of unnecessary excessive military force. These events are also repeatedly mentioned by the UN Secretary General since his report S/2019/282.

She condemned the violations of the rights in Tindouf camps by the maintenance of a state of emergency under pretext of fighting terrorism; repression and reprisals for all forms of opposition; pressure and arrests of human rights defenders, activists and activists; and discrimination against freedoms of movement. She also decried the Algerian authorities’ refusal to allow a census of the sequestered populations or to grant them international protection, as well as the relentless diversion of humanitarian aid destined to the Sahrawi refugees who live on food assistance.
She was saddened that the corrupt and careless polisario leaders as well as militiamen continue their abuses in complete impunity.

During the same session, the representative of the “Unitary Network for the Development of Mauritania” recalled the communication of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of migrants challenging Algerian authorities on the extrajudicial executions of two Sahrawis by the Algerian security forces in a mining site south of Auinat Balakraa, in a bid to urge the Office of the High Commissioner to open an investigation into this horrific crime and to apply basic international standards to protect the populations of the Tindouf camps.

The representative of the NGO “The National Movement of Young Patriots”, for his part, castigated the persistence of impunity in the Tindouf camps, which serves as a security for the Polisario leaders and encourages them to persist in their repression against the populations of the camps, deprived of any recourse mechanism, and denied any access to justice, despite repeated calls from the UN human rights system, including the Human Rights Committee.

Source: north africa post

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