Solidarity Webinar with Sultana denounces Crimes against humanity and war crimes in Western Sahara and calls for protection of civilian victims of abuses

Solidarity Webinar with Sultana denounces Crimes against humanity and war crimes in Western Sahara and calls for protection of civilian victims of abuses

Chahid El Hamed (Saharawi Republic) 19 November 2021 (SPS)- The participants in the Webinar of Solidarity with Sultana Brahim Jaya, organized this Friday morning by the Sahrawi National Commission for Human Rights, denounced crimes against humanity and war crimes committed by the Moroccan regime against Jaya family, holding the UN bodies and the International Red Cross fully responsible for the fate of the victim.

The Conference called in a Final Communique on the United Nations to assume its responsibilities and to dispatch”a neutral and independent medical commission to examine and provide the physical and psychological care required for the state of health of Sultana Sid Brahim and her family members.”

It also called on the International Committee of the Red Cross “to assume its responsibility of applying international humanitarian law and the provisions of the Geneva Conventions related to the protection of civilians under occupation”.

The following is the full text of the Final Communique, as received by the Sahara Press Service:

Final Communique of the Conference of Solidarity with Sultana Jaya

365 days of siege are enough

#SaveSultana

#Candle4Sultana

#TuVelaSultana 

The Participants to the Conference of Solidarity with Sultana organized by the Saharawi National Commission for Human Rights (CONASADH) this Friday 19 November 2021 in the Saharawi refugee camps, to commemorate the 365 days of siege imposed by the Moroccan state of occupation against Saharawi human rights defender, Sultana Sid Brahim Jaya, and her sister Luara, and mother Minet, three brave women resisting the Moroccan oppressive regime, suffering all sorts of torture, abuses, sexual assaults and rape.

We condemn all these crimes, and express our deep concern about the life of Sultana and her family, and consider the Moroccan regime, as the first responsible for the lives and fate of this sieged family.

We launch an urgent appeal to the international community, especially the United Nations: Security Council, the Human Rights Council, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the International Commission of the red cross (ICRC); to the African Union and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, to the European Union and the European Parliament, to governments, and to all international human rights organizations in order to act promptly for:

 • The dispatch of a neutral and independent medical commission to examine and provide the physical and psychological care required for the state of health of Sultana Sid Brahim and her family members.

    • An urgent and permanent international intervention to protect Sultana Sid Brahim Jaya and her family members from future attacks.

    • The immediate lifting of the state of siege and house arrest, imposed since November 19, 2020, against Sultana Sid Brahim Jaya and the members of her family.

    • The opening of a thorough, independent, transparent and impartial investigation into the serious human rights violations and war crimes perpetrated by the Moroccan colonial forces against Sultana Sid Brahim Jaya and the members of her family, since 19 November of 2020, and against all Saharawi civilians under occupation.

We also demand:

    • That the UN Security Council establish a permanent UN human rights oversight mechanism in Occupied Western Sahara as an essential component of the UN’s responsibility towards the Saharawi people in accordance with the resolutions and practices of the UN.

    • That the UN respects the right of the Saharawi people to self-determination and independence, by holding a free and independent referendum, and the protection of other human rights in Western Sahara.

    • That the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) assume its responsibility of applying international humanitarian law and the provisions of the Geneva Conventions related to the protection of civilians under occupation.” (SPS)

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