Sahrawi activists continue to risk their own safety to denounce the human rights violations happening in the camps under the Polisario Front’s control.
“I announce to the Sahrawi and international public that I receive continuous threats from the leaders of the Polisario Front,” starts the message.
Bouzid says that patrol cars belonging to the Polisario’s leadership follow him wherever he goes. He also denounces the threatening calls and recordings that he receives every day.
The threats include killing, imprisoning, kidnapping, physical violence, and targeting his “family’s honor.”
“The same threats target my colleagues Fadel Braika and Mahmoud Zidane, and they are the same threats that I received before my detention last June,” says Bouzid.
In June 2019, the Polisario Front arrested the three Sahrawi activists, detaining them for several months without trial.
On November 10, the breakaway group finally released them, after increasing pressure from international human rights organizations.
In his message, Bouzid also warns of an upcoming wave of arrests and detentions against activists opposing the Polisario’s rule.
“The Polisario Front will increase its oppression of free voices and will start a large campaign of arrests among [the activists] opposing its policies,” says Bouzid in a warning to his colleagues.
“The front will also start tightening freedoms gradually, including the freedom of moving, doing trade, and getting passports,” he continues.
The activist also recalls the “propaganda” that the front spread after his arrest in June to justify his arbitrary detention.
At the end of his speech, Bouzid calls on international human rights organizations to ensure his safety.
“I call on all international human rights organizations to protect me from the terrorist gang of the Polisario Front and to impose restrictions on this gang to guarantee human rights in the Sahrawi refugee camps.”
“I hold the Polisario Front responsible for any harm that reaches me or my dignity, I also hold them responsible for any act I do in self-defense,” he adds.
The activist shared a copy of his message with several international officials and organizations, including the UN’s secretary-general and Human Rights Watch.