The Sahrawi movement blames Algeria and the Polisario leadership for the violence Sahrawi activists have experienced.
Rabat – The Sahrawi Khat Shahid “the Line of the Martyr” movement addressed a letter to the United Nations, urging it to intervene to end Polisario’s violations and arbitrary detention of Sahrawi activists.
The letter, published by several local media outlets, condemns the arrest of Mahmoud Zidan, Fadel Braika, and Moulay Aba Zid, whom the Polisario Front arrested during their participation in a protest in June.
Quoted by several local news outlets, the letter called on the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, to save the detained Sahrawis.
The letter added that the Polisario Front carried out the crackdown without informing the detainees of why they were being arrested.
The movement recalled that the activists have been carrying out a hunger strike i protest of their arbitrary detention.
The letter also quoted Aba Bouzid, who in a leaked recording, asserted that the activists would continue their hunger strike until death if they were not released.
The letter continues to emphasize that the detained activists did not give any cause for arrest, “except that they have expressed their views against corruption and the lack of democracy of the Polisario leadership.”
“They were kidnapped, torture and thrown into small cells in a land where temperatures exceed 54 degrees.”
The letter also warned that Algeria is to blame for the arrest and detention of the activists.
Earlier this week, pro-Polisario news outlet Futuro Sahara said that Zidan and Aba Zid were hospitalized on Monday, August 5, as their health deteriorated due to their hunger strike.
Despite the hospitalizations, the Polisario Front has remained silent on the case of the jailed activists, as well as on the disappearance of a leading Polisario member, Ahmed El Khalil. Despite the persistence of El Khalil’s family, the Polisario Front has not yet explained El Khalil’s whereabouts.
The Polisario member has been missing for nearly 10 years. Algerian intelligence services and Polisario arrested him in 2009 after he was appointed to monitor human rights in the Tindouf camps in Algeria, where Polisario is headquartered.