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Colombia’s CGT Calls for Releasing Sahrawi Women Held Against Their Will in Tindouf Camps

Rabat – Colombia’s General Confederation of Labor (CGT), the country’s largest trade union, launched an “urgent call for the release of Sahrawi women held against their will in the Tindouf camps, victims of unacceptable and systematic violations of their fundamental rights.”

In a statement published on its website on the occasion of the International Women’s Day, the CGT called for “immediate international and UN intervention to prevent the deterioration of the human rights situation in the Tindouf camps (southern Algeria), where women suffer from a precarious humanitarian situation due to sexual abuse and forced procreation.”

“These women are deprived of their most basic rights, such as the right to expression, free movement and health, and are subjected to slavery-like practices in a territory lacking the minimum conditions for a dignified life, and are forced to be separated from their children, deported to distant countries,” the statement said.

The CGT also draws attention to the alarming situation of women in the Tindouf camps, which are subjected to serious violations, noting that despite the repeated calls by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and the United Nations Secretariat, the number of people detained in these camps remains unknown.

According to the Confederation, the absence of a census of the population held in the camps has led to the diversion of humanitarian aid, as confirmed by reports of the UNHCR, World Food Program (WFP), the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and the European Union.

Faced with this alarming situation, which has persisted for four decades, the CGT urges the UN Secretary-General and the international community to intervene to put an end to the serious human rights violations perpetrated in the Tindouf camps, said the same source, calling on “the parties concerned to find a political and definitive solution to the regional dispute over the Sahara, within the framework of the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Morocco and in accordance with the Moroccan proposal for autonomy, described by the international community as serious and credible.”
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