Morocco World News
Morocco World News
New York, August 28, 2012
According to the news outlet Middle East Confidential, which cites information obtained from the CIA, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQMI) is believed to be planning to abduct Kerry Kennedy, President of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (RFK Center), during her visit to the Tindouf camps in southwestern Algeria.
According to the same source the CIA is “holding credible evidence that AQIM is plotting to kidnap Mrs Kennedy just before she meets with Polisario Officials. All Intel material gathered by the Agency were transmitted to Algerian security forces before the visit, due to resume this afternoon”.
Kerry Kennedy, who is known for her bias in favor of the Polisario, started last Friday a journey to the Sahara and the Polisario camps to inquire about the situation of human rights.
During her stay in Layoune, she met with human rights activists, government authorities, and ordinary families split apart by this decades-old conflict.
But she was accused by some NGOs of her bias for the Polisario and for meeting only with the Saharawis who support the Polisario claims, while ignoring the other components of civil society in the city and representatives of the local population.
The Independent Commission for the Defense of Human Rights in the Sahara (CIDDHS) has decided to boycott the meetings of the delegation.
The decision to boycott occurs, according to the members of the CIDDHS, due to “the blatant bias and prejudices of some members of the Foundation, who chose to side with one camp and adopt a unilateral vision of the situation on the ground, far from objectivity.”
Kerry Kennedy and her organization are known for their support to the Polisario. In 2008 and 2009, she bestowed Aminatou Haidar, whom she calls the Ghandi of Africa, with the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award and the 2009 Civil Courage Prize respectively.
On Tuesday she published an article on the Huffington Post where she alleges that its delegation was the witness of the human right abuses committed by the Moroccan police not only against the Saharawis, but also against her daughter and the other members of her delegation. While she supported her claims by pictures where no blatant signs of abuse are committed she failed to show any picture of her assaulted daughter.
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