By Adnane Bennis
By Adnane Bennis
Morocco World News
New York, September 13, 2012
A leaked document obtained by MWN shows the preemptive plans of the Polisario to hide the dismal realities of the everyday humiliation and Human Rights violations that the Sahrawis are systematically subjected to in the Tinduf Camps.
A presidential instructions’ letter was sent on August 20, 2012, from the president of the Polisario, Mohamed Abdelaziz, to “the Secretariat of State for Security and Documentation,” “the Ministry of Defense,” “the Ministry of Interior,” and to all States within the Tinduf area in Algeria in order to prevent any demonstrations in front of the Polisario headquarters.
“Presidential orders” were given to senior officials in order to take the necessary measures likely to enhance vigilance and control over the population and paint a perfect, stable and humane picture of the Polisario leadership prior to the visit of the Kennedy Center’s delegation headed by Ms. Kerry Kennedy. The visit took place from 24 to 31 August 2012 “to assess the human rights situation on the ground.”
“Because of the visit by the delegation of the Robert F. Kennedy Center and its paramount importance, it is imperative to take all necessary measures and precautions in order to prevent any kind of demonstrations and sit-ins in all regions, especially in front of the headquarters of the General Secretary,” reads the letter.
The letter provides more instructions to avoid unwanted and uncontrolled movements that can reveal the true image of Polisario’s systematic oppression, humanitarian aid embezzlement, manipulation of the realities on the ground and human rights abuses.
“Please impose curfews on during the visit of the mission, and exercise caution and prudence regarding the occurrence of any loose or hostile move that would be detrimental to the image of the front before the members of this organization, who are known for their support of the Sahrawi people,” the letters adds.
The Kennedy delegation was criticized for spreading the propaganda of the Polisario and falling short of dealing with the situation in a neutral and impartial manner. Their visit to the Tinduf camps on Algerian soil failed to raise the issue of the Polisario opponents, such as activist Mustafa Salma Ould Sidi Mouloud who has been displaced and separated from his family since August 2010, only because he called for his freedom, dared to criticize the leadership of the Polisario and spoke in favor of the Moroccan autonomy plan.
The RFK delegation also avoided to talk to or hold meetings with human rights activists in the camps. The delegation turned a blind eye to the human rights violations committed by the Polsairio oppression against opponents such as Saharawi artist Ennajem Ould Allal, who was tortured and put under house arrest or the Khat Achahid movement (Martyr Line) who described the visit as “politically motivated.”
“It is a resounding scandal for Kerry Kennedy, who claims to defend human rights, to shake hands with torturers whose hands are still stained with the blood of Sahrawi martyrs,” said the group in a communiqué carried by MAP news agency.
The delegation is also accused of its bias in regards to its assessment of the whole situation in the region. The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights is known for its indefectible support for the Sahrawi claims and its flagrant bias towards the Polisario when assessing the human right situation in the Sahara.
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